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Australian Parliament apologized to Aborigines

Broome Aboriginal AustraliansPrior to the opening to the 2008 session the Australian parliament apologized to the Aborigines for past assimilation policies. “We apologize for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.”

“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry,” it says. “And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted upon a proud people and proud culture, we say sorry.” 

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World Habitat Day

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.

International Day of Older Persons

Tomorrow the world will celebrate the International Day of Older Persons.  The theme this year is: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages.

This theme expresses exactly what esteem is all about.  A society for all ages means all ages receive esteem equally.  Giving esteem toward older persons makes them feel an important part of society.

Being retired from active working life shouldn’t mean that older persons get less attention and esteem.

Older persons deserve esteem as much as anyone else.  The International Day of Older Persons reminds us to give esteem toward elderly, whether they are members of our family or strangers, by giving them independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity.


Esteem for Hubble team

Today we want to give esteem toward a group of people with a very specialized profession – astronauts.

Just a small number of people pursue the profession of an astronaut.  Because the rigors of being an astronaut are so demanding the choice of this profession represents a strong will and multiple talents.

Last week NASA’s  Hubble team installed new high-tech instruments in the Hubble Space Telescopes during several spectacular spacewalks.

It took these astronauts many years of preparation to get to the point of fulfilling such a special task.

We can give easily esteem toward the Hubble team as well as toward all astronauts for their extraordinary talents, perseverance and service for science and humanity.

Esteem for road maintenance crew

After writing about people who sometimes work in thankless jobs such as nurses and mailmen we take a look at another group of under-appreciated men and women: road maintenance workers.

Most of us who drive admit that we sometimes don’t have very positive thoughts towards road maintenance workers because they often delay our travels.

A public sign of esteem was given on April 1, 2009 at Stanford by the Department of Buildings and Grounds.  The 2009 Grounds Annual Customer Service Award was given to Stanford’s road maintenance crew.

A simple sign of esteem which we can all give is to simply be patient.  Give workers plenty of room as you drive by and slow down.  A smile and a wave is a great sign of esteem for their work.

Esteem for rural labor

Sometimes it takes an ecological crisis to focus our attention toward rural labor.  Farming and ranching is one of the foundations of our society.  We need people who want to be employed in rural labor.  These people need our esteem.

Japan has its own expression for people who want to work on farms: Inaka-de-hatarakitai – meaning “we want to work in the countryside”.

For Japan this movement has grown out of recession.  People in search of jobs can often find it with farmers needing helping hands.

It’s important to give esteem toward rural labor as well as toward any other labor.  Each profession is precious for our society even when the labor doesn’t occur in front of our eyes.


Christmas – esteemful holidays

When we examine the origins of Christmas we see that it isn’t about lighted trees, colorful decorations and piles of gifts.  Christmas is the day of the year to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. 

To study the life of Jesus is to understand how much he dedicated his life to esteem.

Throughout his life, Jesus showed esteem toward the people with whom he came into contact.  He gave esteem toward even those who weren’t fully acknowledged by the society, such as children, women, the poor and the sick.

As it was for Jesus, it should be the same for us.  Sometimes it’s easier to live esteem when we see how others realize it in their lives.  Jesus is an example of living esteem, with the personal qualities of patience, understanding, acknowledgement and confidence.

We can make Christmas esteemful holidays when we fill these days with esteem for the people around us.

Human Rights Day – a day of esteem

Today we celebrate Human Rights Day.  Human rights are the basis of all thoughts about esteem.  Esteem essentially includes the thought of respect.  Showing respect toward others is an action of esteem.  It means we understand and acknowledge our fellow men.  It concede human rights to them.

It’s easy to define human rights.  In order to do so, we just have to look at ourselves.  What we wish for ourselves we should facilitate to others.  We have many human needs.  Some needs are more life-essential such as eating, having a shelter and a safe life.  Others are more life-enabling such as providing open access to education, health care and work.  Also important are the more life-fulfilling needs such as the freedom of thinking, speaking and believing.

All these human needs require mutual respect – or esteem.  In order to create a human and just society it’s essential to observe human rights.  Celebrate your human rights!


City Award for kitchen employee

Eighteen-year-old Nathan Levine, together with his employer, Hilton Hotels, will be honored by the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.

Nathan Levine has autism and has worked for the past two years in the kitchen of the Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas.  Nathan needed several weeks to adjust to the surroundings of the hotel, but gradually became accustomed to his work as a kitchen employee.  Thanks to the patience and understanding of his co-workers, and his job coach Rob McCoy, Nathan currently works four days a week.

“He absolutely loves coming to work,” said Bea Jaramillo, the Hilton’s director of human resources. “He has a passion for what he’s doing.”

The City Award gives public esteem to a very brave young man who deals successfully with so many challenges and gives esteem at the same time toward his employers giving him a chance for an integrated life in society.

Esteem through citizenship

In a democratic country citizenship means being able to vote.  It’s an important part of showing interest in what’s going on in the country.  It’s nothing other than showing esteem toward the governmental efforts.

In each country there are different ages at which citizens are able to vote.

Austria, as the first member of the European Union, took a huge step recently by allowing 16-year-old citizens to vote.

The 200,000 newly eligible Austrian teenagers show interest in the political process and are willing to vote.  This decision integrates them strongly in the Austrian society by conceding them the right to be a full member and citizen of the country.

It’s a mutual step of showing esteem.  It’s esteem for the teenagers given by the society and it’s esteem for Austria given by the teenagers.