With Human Rights Day coming up this month (21 March), we thought we would throw out some ideas on how you can be a bit more human.
We are being a little tongue-in-cheek, we admit, but we do forget sometimes. We forget not only that we are human, but that others are too. We forget how to treat others. So, a little reminding is always in order.
Human Rights Day came about in 1994 after Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President. We are reminded on this day, of the tragic massacre in Sharpeville, where a crowd gathered to protest against the Africans having to carry a pass book and produce said pass book on request.
Human Rights Day is all about allowing humans to be an individual, to not have to prove that they are what they are, to move around freely and to be able to live a life with dignity.
So, how can we assist in helping others live their lives without having to worry about what others say, think and do?
It is a tough call but if we keep it simple the world will surely be a better place to live in.
Wikihow.com goes into slightly too much weird detail on how to be human. Have a read – it’s a real laugh. We won’t be so obvious about it though. We want to rather focus on the other person and not ourselves for this particular exercise.
Treat others as you would like to be treated
It is cliché, we know. But, it is the one thing that makes absolute sense. Unless you are into some odd ritualistic lifestyle where you enjoy being treated like rubbish, you do want to be handled in a kind and generous manner.
Before you speak, repeat whatever you are about to say to yourself in your head. Does it sound kind? Does it sound helpful? Would you want to be spoken to in that way?
Unless you are not a nice person and don’t even realise it. Then, we are a little stuck on helping you out here. A study completed following the Loebner Prize competition in 2009 showed that in order to recognise whether certain text was either written by humans or by a computer, one had to see the personal quirkiness in it. Being yourself you may think is an easy feat. After all, who better to fulfil the role of being yourself, than yourself? Well, yes and no. The study showed that because of the age of machinery, the age of perfection and the age of instant gratification, we end up trying to be someone else.
Get Face to Face
Ditch the email. Ditch the WhatsApp. Ditch the voice message. Get face to face with someone. There is a time and place for technology, no doubt. But, actually having a one to one with someone and hearing and watching the words leave their mouth, is priceless.
There is something to be said for a quality and strong relationship. With all the divorces, friend breakups, company splits and liquidations going on, we lose sight of the value of relationships.
We are not an island; therefore, we should not be going it alone.
When it comes to business, building firm and fast relationships will prove their weight in gold down the line. Actually, getting to know someone without all the pomp and grace will mean something in the end.
“People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But, people will never forget how you made them feel”
Maya Angelou – American Author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, and a civil rights activist