I have to admit that doing work for human rights is complicated. There are moments when the work that you are doing can get lost in the emotional exhaustion that can take over those who are doing the work. I have been struggling with those issues, wondering about the best ways to approach them. It is amazing how the bigger challenges of injustice and violence in society can be understood in light of the inter-personal conflicts that plague us daily. What a challenging task, keeping the integrity that it takes to defend those who cannot defend themselves by respecting everyone around us at all times.
Often those people who are speaking out against violence and abuse can find themselves exhausted and tired. It isn’t easy work. It is essential to be able to see beyond the frustrations of inter-personal relationships to remember the good that is bigger than you. It is also good to get out an enjoy the beauty around you. I think that we are defending those who cannot defend themselves so that they too can enjoy this kind of beauty without fear.
Posted By Hannah McKeeth
Posted Nov 13th, 2008