Each of us
goes through the world with a number of special qualities. How we choose
to use these will vary.
When it comes
to helping to make a difference in the world we live in, there are many
choices that we can make. We can choose to make a difference to our own
lives - forget the rest! Or we can set out to make a difference to the
world we live in and therefore help change the lives of others.
The values we hold important in this world are constantly changing. Everyone
knows that in 1492, Christopher Columbus, while sailing under the flag
of Spain, discovered a land then unknown to Europe. The divisions and
isolation that had existed in the world had begun to break down. Along
with this, both the New World and the Old World soon found themselves
both winners and losers in the changes that were to come.
in the New World
Some would say that the discoveries of the 14th and 15th Centuries began
some of the worst human rights abuses that the world has seen. Others
would argue that such abuse existed from times as early as the Egyptians
when slaves were used to complete the more difficult and disgusting tasks
in any society.
1948, following on from the loss of millions of lives during the second
world war, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was completed.
This recognised the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the
human family." Great words but ones not equally adhered to by all people
on this planet. Many of the people in our list
of heroes are there because they have stood up to support the sentiments
of this policy.