Humiliation Day has become a number of things for many people over the past year. Let’s first clarify one thing before we move on.
Humiliation Day does not mean humiliating people.
Humiliation Day is not a day to make fun of someone at school or humiliate them online. Humiliation Day is about being humble and thankful, and, in some religions closer to God. It has nothing to do humiliating someone – that’s bullying.
The day should serve as a reminder to not humiliate others and be used to highlight the harm that humiliation can do. Many people think that humiliation means ‘to make fun of someone’. However, it has been used over the centuries to refer to ‘the absence or pride’. In this case, humiliation is referring to one’s own humiliation, which can be a loss of self-esteem.
No matter what religion you may be, this day celebrates humility and condemns humiliation.
We can now move on, now that everything is cleared up!
Our society has evolved over the past year. While many of these adaptations have been positive, there have been some negative ones. For example, more rights have been granted, more people are able to access education and healthcare. Some people are more power-hungry, greedy and selfish as countries and industries grow exponentially. They forget how to be generous and pious to those in greatest need.
The internet’s invention has its flaws. It allows for bullying online and makes it easier for people hide behind their screens to act in bad faith. Some people may have lost their way. Thankfully, Humiliation Day offers them a chance to get back on track.
Humiliation Day allows us to be humble and give thanks for what we have. It’s a day to remind people that bullying and suicide are closely linked. Bullied people are up to 9 times more likely than those who aren’t to commit suicide. It’s important that we educate others and stop humiliating them.
Abraham Lincoln, the US president, is the one who first suggested that people should be humbled and grateful for what they have. Abraham Lincoln, a US president, wrote to the Senate in 1863 stating that the country required a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer to please God. Abraham Lincoln wrote to the Senate a resolution stating that the United States had “in numbers, wealth and power as no other country has ever grown”, but that his people had forgotten God.
Humiliation Day was created to appease God. It allowed people to ask for forgiveness and clemency, and to humble themselves before the offended power. Abraham Lincoln asked that people stop going to work or to eat at restaurants or dinner parties and that they gather at public worship places or their homes to remember their service to God.
While times have changed a lot since Abraham Lincoln was the US’s ruler, the United States and other nations in the world have grown in power, wealth and number. However, there is still greed and entitlement. A Humiliation Day allows people to remember their privileges and give thanks for the basic amenities like food, water, shelter, and clothing that their forefathers fought so hard for.
While we believe that Abraham Lincoln’s Humiliation day is sufficient to merit a special day of recognition, we must also mention the Chinese-Canadian Humiliation Days. Canada Day is a common day, but Chinese-Canadians call it Humiliation Day. This day commemorates the Chinese Immigration Act, also known as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was passed in Canada. It stopped Chinese immigration to Canada and divided hundreds of Chinese families.
The act separated parents from their children and Chinese families who remained in Canada suffered abuse and racism. This Humiliation Day is a day to be humble but it focuses more on the damage that segmenting a population can do to relationships and families, as well as the negative effects like racism that will follow.
The Humiliation Day, which Abraham Lincoln introduced in 1862, is no longer a day of religious celebration. The day serves as a reminder that we can be grateful for everything we have.
Humiliation Day for Chinese-Canadians does not mean a day to celebrate, but a time to reflect on the injustices of China Exclusion Act and the pain that it must have caused for thousands of Chinese-Canadians and their families. While we may not be in a position to change the past, or our history, it is important to do our best to keep it from happening again.