My Grandma & Be Humane

My late grandmother never finished elementary school. She had to drop out of school in second grade. She did not know the term human rights. She couldn’t pronounce the word discrimination. And, yet, for all years of her life she always respected others, regardless of their religion, race/ethnicity, social status, or even sexual orientation.

One does not need to know the term human rights to respect the rights of others. One does not need to understand the concept of discrimination to treat others as her/his equal. One does not need to be educated to treat others with dignity and respect.

My late grandmother respected human rights simply by being humane.

Simply be humane, indeed.

Nenek saya tidak pernah menyelesaikan sekolah dasar. Beliau harus berhenti sekolah di tahun kedua. Nenek saya tidak mengenal istilah hak asasi manusia dan tidak bisa mengucapkan kata diskriminasi. Namun seumur hidupnya beliau selalu menghargai orang lain; tak pandang agama, ras/etnisitas, status sosial, bahkan orientasi seksual.

Seseorang tak perlu mengenal istilah hak asasi manusia untuk menjadi manusia yang menghargai hak-hak orang lain; tak perlu mengerti konsep diskriminasi untuk berperilaku non-diskriminatif; dan tak perlu berpendidikan tinggi untuk memperlakukan orang lain dengan martabat dan rasa hormat.

Nenek saya menghormati hak asasi manusia hanya dengan menjadi manusia yang manusiawi.

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