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Thoughts on Choice and dignity

How do you give someone dignity?

Dignity is acknowledging your humanity. You are a human being with the capacity and capability. You possess the ability to experience life fully. Maybe we can create an environment which encourages people to  feel that there is trust in their capacity. Maybe if we created using our own ideas and resources it would help us to restore our dignity. In many ways this is what Marcus Garvey was showing us;the descendants of Africans at home and abroad, Confidence in self.

Confidence in self maintains dignity.  Do we still believe in our ability? Much of our confidence has been removed systematically and we have been made dependent on Governments or a political system that abuses power and monopolizes the wealth of the country to maintain itself.  We have been manipulated away from ourselves. In this process losing our dignity.

People can choose to reclaim their dignity or leave it for dead and continue living.

We all have to choose how we want to live. Some choices are harder than others but all our choices add up.

We should not try to choose a life for anyone. No matter what the situation. We have to make our own choices.

Many community projects or development projects are not designed with an understanding of how dignity or choice work.

Di ISL is a not a community or development project but i have learnt that living in a “community” or working in a collective  requires understanding choice. This removes the gap created by expectations that people will act according to some ideal within the community. Understanding choice allows us to pursue goals collectively.

 

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About afifa

Dj Afifa is a selecta from Jamaica. She works on sound projects and makes spaces inspired by music. She has been working on sound art since 2009. She has co founded two spaces; the SO((U))L HQ and Di Institute for Social Leadership in Jamaica. She currently works in between both of these spaces. She has a two weekly programmes on ZanJ Radio. The Electromagneticradiation and Crocus Bag a tings.

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