Tuesday, November 13, 2007


We learn
when we respect
the dignity of the people
that they cannot be denied
the elementary right
to participate fully
in the solutions to their own problems.

Self respect arises only out of people
who play an active role in solving
their own crises and
who are not helpless,
puppet like recipients
of private or public services.

To give people help,
while denying them
a significant part in the action,

contributes nothing
to the development of the individual.

In the deepest sense,
it is not giving but taking –
taking their dignity.

Denial of the opportunity for participation
is the denial of human dignity and democracy.

It will not work.