But Chaplin was more than just a clown. His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to. He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.
There are numerous annual World Days designated by the United Nations to raise awareness for different themes and problems in our world. Today we want to give esteem to World Habitat Day which will be held on October 4, the first Monday of the month of October.
On Oct. 4, 2010, in recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and highlight Habitat’s priorities: the worldwide connection between human health and housing, and, in the United States, neighborhood revitalization. These themes echo the United Nations’ chosen theme for 2010 for events in the host city of Shanghai, China and the rest of the world: “Better City, Better Life.”
Habitat for Humanity hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that allow for poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.
By giving public attention to World Habitat Day we give esteem toward housing generally and in our neighborhood. We give esteem to the fact that housing improves health, has a positive impact on children and strengthens communities.
It started as a Tent City founded for homeless people and grew into a permanent neighborhood called Dignity Village. After conducting elections, Dignity Village even has their own administrative and legislative branches of government. The name tells it all: Dignity Village is a place that gives dignity back to people who’ve lost their jobs and homes – which sadly has become a national crisis.
The small houses are primarily built by the villagers. Building their own small houses in Dignity Village also means building self-respect through the knowledge that they can still accomplish good things for themselves. Organizing an entire village with all kinds of activities and responsibilities is an even stronger means toward building a high self-esteem.
Dignity Village is an incredibly strong sign of lived esteem. People who feel they’ve lost all esteem in our society just because they lost job and home can experience an esteemful life. Actions like Dignity Village are necessary to give hope and esteem to those who’ve lost so much.
The United Nations has designated October 5th as World Habitat Day.
The goal of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about global housing situations and to remind us that everyone should have a safe and decent place to call home.
Expressing respect toward people includes ensuring housing for everyone. Shelter is as life-essential as having enough food and water.
When we want to give a sign of esteem toward people we can do it by being interested in their housing situation. You might be surprised to find out how many people in your community are without adequate housing.
Every big change starts with a small step. We can give esteem to World Habitat Day by being attentive toward the housing situation in our own neighborhood.
Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, MA and creator of the smiley face in 1963, started World Smile Day 10 years ago.
His goal was that people would dedicate a whole day to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. He noted that the smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion and at least one day each year neither should we.
One of the easiest signs of esteem is a smile. A simple smile gives people a feeling of being noticed and appreciated. You can’t smile open-heartedly and have negative thoughts. Smiling creates happiness in the receivers as well as the givers.
Today, on World Smile Day, we can give away our smile even more freely than on other days. When we experience the positive impact of this powerful but simple sign of esteem we won’t stop smiling all the other days of the year.
Today the world remembers the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, born 140 years ago on October 2, 1869.
It’s no accident that Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated at the same time as the International Day of Non-Violence. Through his non-violent actions Gandhi set an important example for the whole world and will always be remembered as an inspiring and esteemful personality.
Gandhi demonstrated that if we want to create something positive we have to take positive actions. Because he wanted to create peace and freedom for his country, he led others with his peaceful actions.
Gandhi’s birthday reminds us of this timeless wisdom and motivates us to create something positive through esteem.
Today the world celebrates the International Day of Peace. Peace is one of the most essential requirements for a happy and fulfilled life. The United Nations established this day as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire.
Genuine peace means even more than just an absence of violence and war. Peace means that human life can be lived as it’s meant to be. Genuine peace respects human life in its wholeness and gives esteem unconditionally.
Considering peace from the standpoint of esteem we have to change our perspective. This means we define peace not as the opposite from something such as war but as having an independent status.
When we start to think like that we give peace its own right of existence. Living an esteemful life can help us in doing so.
Tomorrow the world celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Its purpose is to direct worldwide attention to the situation of indigenous people in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development.
Indigenous people deserve our esteem as much as everyone else. They maintain their heritage and traditions in high esteem. Living according to their traditions shouldn’t be a reason for receiving less attention and support.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People makes us aware of their situation and creates esteem toward them resulting in understanding and support.
Just because history lies deep in the past doesn’t mean it should be forgotten. The history of our country and our heritage is a great example.
One esteemful approach is respect toward our ancestors and their work. One doesn’t have to look far to find great examples of thought and action.
Another esteemful approach is to learn of the mistakes of history in order to not repeat them.
Esteem toward history recognizes great heroic actions as well as the mistakes.
With esteem we don’t condemn history and our ancestors, but we appreciate and try to learn what we consider to be human and good.
Each year the Global Peace Index compiles a ranking of the most peaceful countries around the world.
In the last three years the same four countries have been ranked among the top 5 most peaceful. This year New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, are the first four countries of the list. Because of involvement in several conflicts around the globe the USA came in at 83rd out of a total of 144 countries.
One of the most important indices for deciding if a country is peaceful or not is how conflicts are handled. Conflicts can happen everywhere and anytime. The question is how a country handles them. If they solve their problems with mutual esteem they create a peaceful situation.
The Global Peace Index is considered as a Vision of Humanity, a great phrase for peaceful living. In the end it’s up to each of us to make it possible for our country to walk the peaceful path. When we live esteem in our daily life we create a portion of this vision of humanity.