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January 30 – the month is almost gone – I am questioning how to adjust my future.

What future are we looking for? How do you describe this future?

For most of the time-  our values, our spirituality makes a difference to how we see ourselves and others. To some – we may not have answers to what is occuring this the world and the evil that is occuring. To others- they don’t look around but turn inwards.

History does repeat itself, but have we learned from history? The negative daily information had made many look away and shrug their shoulders. Stop for a moment and think about what you can do that is in your incontrol, and not just take pictures of the disasters that are around you to post on social media – the big things may be out of your control. For this coming year I want to remember something that is not remembered but is really part of the global community.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 25 states:

“Everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

For me to advocare for this standard has become important when I look at the future that COVID19 has exposed.


Merle Jacobs

From Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racism, critical human rights

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