Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Search for Dignity

“If you don’t mind, we’d rather you not take any pictures”, I was told by the person accompanying me on a visit to a project we had funded in a slum community.
“Why should I mind?”, I asked putting my camera away. “I wouldn’t want someone to take pictures of me without my permission. Why should people living in slums not have the same right to privacy?”

But the fact is that very few people realize it. Poverty might compel people to accept charity, but making a donation does not give anyone the right to strip them of their dignity.

"Empathy is simply the ability to understand another person's search for dignity."
This is the fourth year that I am going to be a part of NaBloWriM. The Plan is to elaborate (in 100 words) on a quote that touched my heart- let's see how far this takes me. If I can tie it in with the writing prompt, so much the better!


Chuck said...

Very true post Natasha. I too respect others who wish me to put my camera away.

Jeremy Bates said...

I tend to agree with you. But have you ever stopped to consider that on a daily basis we are being photographed without our permission? Think about it as to how and where.

SueAnn Lommler said...

So true

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - Oh, well said! Poverty may strip one of one's money, but shouldn't strip one of one's dignity.


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