Marina Maged Daniel Cairo Egypt
One Step Forward
We have always been through this mind battle trying to decide which path to pursue, to fight or to run? We all have tried both paths at a certain point; and I guess I am not alone to confess that I keep rewinding situations if I just chose the “other option”. Reconsidering which battle deserves to fight and which battle deserves a flight. If you walk through this cycle, let me lead you through this short article on new patterns of thought.
As this pandemic disease struck all the world, our own little worlds have shaken too. Most of us are taken by watching the news, trying to sort their work routine out and checking on their loved ones. Through this catastrophic time, let the next section of this article guide you through a number of questions that aim to identify and highlight current statuses and monitor patterns of thoughts.
1. What are you investing your time in the most?
2. Who are you in contact with most of the time? Why?
3. What is working well in my life now?
4. If I change nothing about the areas that I have control over, how would my life look like in a year from now?
5. What motivates me to make progress? (Try to figure out something that is in your control)
6. How do I stay grounded when I am overwhelmed?
As I highlight these leading questions, I encourage you to keep track of your routine, emotions, thoughts and behaviors. I advise you to answer these leading questions every now and then; keep track of who you let into your life. I advise you to closely monitor how you spend your time. I urge you to develop a sense of self-awareness. I urge you to FIGHT for what would life you up. I support you to choose life. There is always more to life, than merely surviving. There is always more to your existence. SET YOURSELF FREE .. From whatever that kills your spirit. Choose to fight for LIFE!
Article: Questioning the Universality of Human Rights
Author: Marina Maged Daniel
The issue of global governance has come to be dependent upon the universality of human rights; however, it has been noted that human rights universality is hard to achieve due to the strong influence imposed by cultural relativism. Although academics and intellectuals have held extremely contradicting views on the matter, they have agreed that the more cultural norms are entrenched, the more human rights norms are hindered. Proponents of universality usually argue that human rights are inherent and are God-given; and thus should be adhered to by all states. However, with the rising power of cultural norms and values, arguments supporting human rights grew weaker.
Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and interrelated, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has been argued by several scholars countering cultural relativity that if human rights were to be solely shaped by culture, people could be exposed to having no rights at all. It is of importance noting that cultural relativists usually perceive universality of human rights as indifferent to cultural differences and is means of suppression in itself. Some scholars note that human rights are a new concept and thus they are not compatible with already persevering cultural norms and traditions. It has also been argued that the real threat is if tradition are recognized as backward and outdated, and need to be altered by the acceptance of human rights. However, proponents of human rights refute this claim suggesting that human rights do not restrict people to step out of their culture; but they are composed for the good of all human beings to eliminate the injustice in all societies.
History Repeats Itself: Social Class
Author: Marina Maged Daniel
Social class came to dominate every aspect you can think of. May it be health, a certain class solely gets the utmost best service, whereas the marginalized communities are left to suffer. May it be education, solely those who can afford a quality education get to have a degree and pursue desired jobs. In light of this, social classes have come to divide segments and, maybe, nurture a hostile and violent behavior. My argument here is that history repeats itself over and over again. Since the French revolution to the Victorian England and the melancholies of the industrial revolution to the latest Arab Spring, there has always been that Oliver Twist who is vulnerable to undertakers.
With all the increasing marginalization of proletariats, an unprecedented uprising came to govern and direct the world order of our day. A new world order that feeds on the poverty of these segments and generates apartheid has appeared. Hence, aggression of the proletariat class stemmed out to resist the unfairness, injustice and the imbalance of power. Nevertheless, it is of importance to question the emergence and the evolution of social classes. The term class came to divide the society after the industrial and political revolutions of the 18th century, the era that alienated the society based on economic terms that is developed primarily by cultural position and prestige of profession.
The capitalist society has for long created this political fragmentation that has alienated and shaped the global structure of the international arena. But the question of our day is: Can our day see a light of breaking all the classes and segments? Our world is hard to live in an equal state. Our world can not stand tall attaining equal stand. For this reason, history repeats itself.