Why should we get to decide?

By March 21, 2018Activism, My Blog

On this day in 1960, 60 humans (men, women and children) were shot dead (most of them in the back running away) by policeman in Sharpeville. On the same day in my Cape Town home, Langa, a peaceful protest ended in 3 unnecessary deaths by shooting from police. Read more about Langa here: http://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/langa-residents-remember-what-happened-in-21-march-1960/ 

21 March 1960, Human Rights Day will never be forgotten around South Africa and hopefully the lessons will be felt around the world so we never have the ability to repeat such a human atrocity.

I asked Jack a simple question while walking with him in a Wild Animal Conservation Reserve in Limpopo that had a profound impact on me, and I believe him too and how we can never commit such atrocities against each other again.

I asked Jack.

What is the difference between a Kudu and a Cow?

In short, he said that the Kudu was more “valuable, and intelligent than the cow and should be respected”

Is this not what the white man said about the black man? And justified all manner of evil means.

And men against women?

And rich against poor?

And nation against nation?

Religion against religion?

Jack said, “mmm, that’s actually true? I never saw it that way”

We are all living beings and not one deserves more life than the other. And anyhow why should we get to decide?

Love Jack & I

John

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John McInroy is a South African born author, social activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, ultra endurance athlete, international field hockey player, actor and vegan yogi.

2 Comments

  • Luisa says:

    Short but powerful message! Love it!

  • Jim Eshelman says:

    YES!
    Contemplation of This essential question benefits in every moment of existence. However, I think an absolute answer does not exist.
    Social creatures like humans have a history essentially of comprise, or relative answer.
    Another essential question is “why would it matter who?”, and that raises more wonderful questions.

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