As I was reading FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US) plan for assistance for Special Needs Population, I was overwhelmed to see that it is articulated with sensitivity and empathy. They have a comprehensive list of people with special needs including those who don’t speak the primary language of the country. They realize that all needs of special populations are not the same and same type of assistance cannot fit all. They aspire to meet these needs without charging anything extra from this special population.
I hope other countries are equally sensitive of special needs of people even during the time of emergency. I know there are enough good people around the world and their concerns and recommendations need to be heeded by all. If all the goodness found in the people could come together and synergize, it could change this world for better.
Sometimes, what keeps these good people apart, in addition to time and space, is the ever-evolving set of linguistic and cultural interferences. If there could be a system, which may include educational institutes and internet, where people could become more aware, sensitive and accepting towards each other’s background and world-view, then we can significantly reduce biases. Once we are more accepting towards each other, all the goodness could be amalgamated together to heal the wounds of humanity created by poverty, injustice and hatred. Yes, it is a beautiful dream and we need to dream before we can realize them.
So, my dear people, please a take minute and reflect on what stops you from collaborating with other people to do the right thing for those who are in need, special or not. Let us break the chains of prejudices, if there are any, walk beyond the boundaries of our fears and embrace the goodness around us regardless of the package (skin color, religious, linguistic or cultural background and other preferences) that carries it to us. If we recognize and appreciate goodness, we will be able to encourage and amplify it too.For info on FEMA: