Forest Day. Down Syndrome Day. Water Day. We have all these ‘international days of something’ all the time. I find it rather bizarre.
Does anyone else find this human habit to be slightly ignorant?
I fully understand and appreciate the need to raise awareness and bring attention to many social issues. I am also well aware that we are over saturated with so many issues that its hard to keep anyone's attention about much of anything except the economy and radiation threats.
We talk about about destruction of the forest and the need to protect it for a whole day. Well, actually more like 12 hours. We give interviews and have kiddies running around with signs about saving the forest. So the air we breathe is worth a half-day effort. The lungs of the planet get a whole dozen hours for us to ponder. Same for water. A billion people on earth don't have access to clean drinking water. Startling news. But news that we only hear on that day. News that we do nothing about.
I agree, I'm being cynical.
So let's take Downs Syndrome Day. I think it's a good thing. Educate people about the plight and needs of people with Downs Syndrome. Having two cousins with Downs…I find it refreshing that the public is being at least a bit educated about the disease. And if just a handful of people have more understanding and passion – then I say job well done.
But water, mountains, forests…and all the other things that make life on this earth possible get a lousy single day of banners, expert opinions, and pathetic ceremonies. Hmmmm….sorry, just doesn't work for me.
What works for me is a transformational head shift of our place and role on this planet. A sense of belonging instead of owning. A bit of humbleness instead of arrogance. A slight air of respect in place of disdain.
So yes, a billion people don't have access to clean drinking water. The questions are WHY? and, more importantly, what are we going to do about it?
The other day colleagues Pakistanis were washing the car; another colleague came outside, saw the work and exclaimed, “must you spend that much water for washing the car?! some people do not have even enough to drink!”
Small people collectively can make big changes.
Down Syndrome is not a desease, it is a condition.
I am sure mothers of your two cousins with DS can confirm this.
Otherwise, keep blogging! It's nice to know there is someone who cares….