WHAT IS DIGNITY?
Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. Respect is earned through one’s actions whereas dignity is the birthright of every person.
Dignity has an undiscriminating heart. It reaches out boldly and strongly and clearly. It makes comfortable the uncomfortable, calms the confounded and rages at undignified behaviour and attitudes.
Dignity is simple and humble and walks the very streets for the poor, who take their messy selves into her clean and cheerful homes to be restored and comforted and enabled.
Dignity provides for these what the world does not give: respect, an opportunity to truly live, skills to run their own lives, to have a say in their own future, and safety in which to explore who they really are and whom they wish to become.
Dignity refuses to ignore the embarrassing poor, nor the dangerous dying. Not the troublesome sick, nor the cumbersome homeless, nor the exploited ignorant.
Dignity welcomes the noisy and abandoned children, the ugly, the prisoners, the dirty castoffs of a gilded but gruesomely drugged and sedated society that does not want to deal with them.
Dignity sees more, more in every person, in every situation, in sometimes complex and bizarre behaviour.
Dignity sees hope and holds it for the helpless. Dignity sees the despondency of despair, the resentment and rage at being depersonalized and contains it with calmness.
Human dignity is the idea that every human has inherent worth, that an individual or group feels self-respect and self-worth. It is concerned with physical and psychological integrity and empowerment.
We are born invaluable, priceless, and irreplaceable. All of us. We are also inherently vulnerable. We all know the gut feeling that results from being mistreated or neglected. It’s up to all of us to honour other people’s dignity. In the process, you will strengthen your own.
When I work from a position of dignity, I instill in others my own unshakeable belief that they are, that they can, and that they will be valued and held by others, with honour and without judgement, until such time as they can do the same for themselves.
The habit of dignity impels us to unconditional positive regard for each person we work for. It encourages us to continue to empower the powerless.
Dignity has the potential to change the world, but only if people like you help to spread its profound message.