Friday, 2 August 2013


A week ago, I met a little girl while travelling on the bus. Her dad told me she was four years old and spoke very little English. So I played a game with her where she pointed to various things and told me what they were in Turkish and I translated them in English.

I also noticed she kept pointing out to people and saying "Adam." I asked her dad what it meant and he said it means people or human being. I then told her what those Adams were in English i.e. man, woman, boy and girl.

I loved how at that age my young friend only sees Adam. Adams are everywhere. They might appear in different shapes and sizes but they are still Adam. At that age, she doesn't know about caste, class, nationality, occupation, race, politics, religion, sexuality, etc. All is Adam. As she gets older, she will be conditioned to see differences; to put one on a pedestal because of royal birth and to be in conflict with another because of the colour of their skin or their religious beliefs.

Speaking of which, I read that the BBC received nearly 2000 complaints about wall-to-wall coverage of the recent "royal birth." I see their point. Why should the birth of one Adam be made to be so important? I'm not anti-royal, I am pro Adam/human beings. I believe everyone is equal and should be treated as such.

In my experiences that I share in my writings, people I encounter are simply characters expressing attributes or ideas that pertain to that story. I usually indicate whether it's a man or woman, boy or girl but the rest is irrelevant. The only time I might indicate someone's nationality is if it's an important part of the story, like in this piece, the girl was speaking Turkish. Otherwise, it's just another Adam.

To my young friend on the bus, thank you for reminding me that we are all Adam.

All Adams want to be happy, loved, and prosper in all their endeavours.

All my love to all Adams!


Related articles: Playing the Translation Game; Is Your Self Expanded or Contracted?; We are All Equal; Be Like a Child; Not a Person