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IDU Reflective Essay

Interdisciplinary Unit 10
Mrs. French
4 March 2016
Reflective Essay
International issues, especially those involving the maltreatment of humans, are
complex, and must be viewed from multiple perspectives before an individual can build and
declare substantial knowledge regarding the problem and, if possible, its solution. Without
these, individuals are limited to a single, consistently bias, standpoint against an issue, which
often disadvantages a conflicting party. Visiting Non-government Organizations (NGOs),
people have the opportunity to observe firsthand the results of human rights abuse, and
communicate with those who have dedicated their lives to stop it. The solution to human right
abuses can only be identified when people view it from an interdisciplinary perspective, on a
social and personal scale.
Societal consensuses are often the cause for discrimination, which can be intentional
or unintentional. This includes the treatment of those who face physical or mental disabilities,
and the misunderstanding that they are helpless or unable to partake in a regular lifestyle. A
humans innate emotional response to a disadvantaged individual is normally of an extreme,
which, in the case of viewing disabled children, is often pity or stigmatization. Though with
good intentions, people who discriminate against the abilities of a disabled individual treat
them like fine china, without considering the emotional trauma it may bring to the disabled
individuals to be treated as unequal or lesser. This is often unintentional, caused by a lack of
education to the public regarding disabilities, and how one approaches and treats a disabled
person. The stigmas faced by the disabled often cause them to be denied of human rights,
especially when those rights involve their presence in public gatherings. Everybody has a

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right to privacy, and the disabled have the right to deny the rude stares of those when they
enter a public area. There is also no restriction against the disabled entering or leaving a
building, but there presence is often unwelcomed because of lack of facilities for the disabled.
Some even view the presence of a disabled as an inconvenience, outwardly rude about their
distaste or disgust. The solutions to these problems are, however, complex, and require a
global and social shift in how to view disabilities, which requires a combined effort.
Indonesia, although it has established constitutions regarding disabilities, fail execute its own
laws, which is the main reason for lack of disabled facilities. The government must make
disabilities a political agenda, as it helps the disabled find comfort in their nation and the
people find acceptance towards the disabled. Funding is also required to build facilities that
allow access for the disabled in public places, which can be accomplished if both the
government and its people contribute to the economic need. In Yakkum Rehabilitation Center,
one focusing on disabilities, most funds are international, which shows the lack of national
interest on the problem. The nation itself, therefore, must also be changed, so that people are
familiar with the issue and do not approach it with unfamiliar disgust. To uphold human
rights of the disabled, there must a correlating cooperation between the government, its
people, and personal approaches, which demands economic support to be effective. This is
without considering those who live in places difficult to access, or are distinctively stubborn
against disabled people. Through my learning from the center, I have understood that
regardless my knowledge, an issue cannot be solved if I maintain a singular perspective. The
fault in advocates that lead failing movements is that they maintain a singular approach and
an acute goal without considering external factors that make it unfeasible. To approach
solving global humanitarian issues, people must build on multiple perspectives.
Personally, people must learn to approach human right issues not as an observer, but
somebody holistically involved in the issues, because as long as one human right is violated,

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humanity is incomplete in its righteousness. This includes the way people communicate
issues within the society, and the responses from these. In public communication, media is a
powerful tool, images often times more moving than written text. Through my experience
visiting CD RS Bethesda, a center for patient with HIV/AIDS, I discovered that the portrayal
of patients is dominantly negative, creating an unfair but believed depiction of these
individuals. People become afraid of these patients and their sickness, so much that a child
can be denied of education because her father suffers from HIV. People can argue that the
solution to this unfairness is to change the media in its masses, without realizing that there is
a small-scale solution readily available, although there is a complexity of emotion and
understanding to it. The mind is designed to create, think, and conclude, and every individual
has the ability to filter out the things they see and decide on the things they believe.
Everybody is capable and entitled to developing a filter towards unfair media, and must
realize that the only concrete source of information is primary, firsthand. When one
experiences firsthand interacting with these patients, they become part of a community that
can empathize and be compassionate for the growing minority. Experience is a key advocate
in upholding of fairness and human rights, because that is when an individual learns the most
and grows passionate about the issue. The feelings of disgust or distaste against patients
dissolve, and people discover the ability to personally approach the issue with an open mind.
The approach can then grow, when people gather proper knowledge regarding different issues
and different topics, interacting and building healthy relationships with those who face
discrimination, and becoming involved in movements or organizations that a specific issue. I
have also realized how infinitely important it is for people to be educated regarding a cause,
because without the proper education, the society fails to help an individual learn and
approach an issue positively. The solving of human right violations must be a combination of
logical and emotional approaches for it to be effective. Through my visit, I have grown to be

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more compassionate towards people, a moral initiative that, if possessed by the worlds
leaders, can move mountains, and when possessed by regular people, can bridge
relationships. The growth of this compassion becomes a way to build and grow interest on
cognitive and emotional level, initiating dedication towards a cause.
From my learning, I identified two interdisciplinary approaches, one that occurs
simultaneously, and a second that occurs sequentially. On a social scale, before an issue can
be solved or changed, different factors and different people must by identified as catalysts for
the change to happen, acknowledging the fact that the solution is unfeasible if one of these do
not partake. On a personal scale, people learn their approaches towards issues through
experiences, which coaxes them into emotional involvement with the issues, allowing them to
gather knowledge and build relationships and partake in the solving of the problem. Without
an interdisciplinary approach, a person becomes fixated on an unreliable absolute, dependent
on a single, unreliable perspective. It is a societal and personal effort, one that proves
important for the fair treatment of all individuals, regardless their status.