My 10 new commandments
1. Do not hurt those who are different from you, accept and respect others’ differences. We are all equal in the sense that we are all different.
I come from a culture in which today the majority of people find it easy to hurt others who appear to be different from them. I was born and raised in Lima, Peru and ever since I was little I noticed that discrimination based on skin color, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion were strong worrying societal issues no one cared to address. For instance today, sadly, homosexual people in my country are often persecuted. They are looked down upon and seen as if they were some sort of incurable disease that bring disgrace upon their families. Homophobia and racism are two of the biggest problems the city and country I was born in face daily today.
2. Respect nature and all living beings in it. We must love it, protect it and take care of it. It’s our duty.
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” This is a Native American saying and I couldn’t agree more with it. The problem with our attitude and behavior towards the environment today is that we are living in this planet as if we had another one to go to.
3. Do not bully.
Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Bullying leaves scars that are difficult to heal. It’s not great to make feel others small, miserable or worthless.
4. Do not be lazy.
This was one of the three life principles my ancestors, the Incas, lived by before the Spanish colonizers came to what is now Peru. “Do not be lazy, do not lie and do not steal.” The Incas believed that every single individual had the potential to accomplish great things and that each contribution from the very young, the young and old