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DO WE DIGNIFY WHAT WE DO ?

by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist and human rights educator from Brazil.

Text written for HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION STUDIES

If you were asked to answer the above question,what would you say? Would you provide a long list of specific instances of dignifying action ? Ever thought of doing that by using the process of alliteration? To engage you in such creative activity, here is a list, made up of nouns beginning with d. All of them are alliterations about all-inclusive DIGNITY.

Do we dignify our

dares, data(bases), dead, deals, debates, decisions, declarations, deeds, definitions, deliberations, delights, demands, democracies, denials, depressions, designs, desires, development, devotions, dialogue, diction, difficulties, diseases, diagnoses, digital literacies, digital technology, disagreements, disabilities, disappointments, discipline, disposition, discourse(s), discussions, disputes, diversity, divergences, doubts, dreams …?

Please add nouns in d.

For ecological relevance, expand the question: How do we dignify our … when interacting with whom where when and why.

That there is a fundamental Human Right to DIGNITY there is no doubt, but how to live up to such right, how to promote it, to implement it universally?
(received Dec. 16, 2010)

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