I’m working on a project that our team was translating to Russian. I’m in a healthcare related industry, but prohibited from sharing details.
In brief, we will not translate a promotional video that educates consumers on a potential treatment option. We have the English speaking version, our native language, but Russian translation was halted – though we will translate to other languages.
I can’t help but feel conflicted.
We are a melting pot of nationalities and cultures with clusters of immigrants in various communities within our country.
I understand the reason, the rationale and of course, the principle.
But here we are punishing Russian individuals within our own country because they immigrated from a country led by an irrational tyrant.
They are paying for the sins of Putin.
It makes me sad. It seems unfair. And it’s wrong – yet it seems like the right approach at this time.
It is a tough call. It is a tough time. An upsetting, unnecessary and tragic time for those impacted.
But may we mindful of our prejudice, or profiling. May we be mindful that all Russians are not evil, are not Putin or his administration. May we be mindful that each person deserves respect, tolerance and the chance to show their goodness – not automatically stereotyped and lumped into a specific category.
And may this nonsensical invasion come to an end.
May global leaders and governments find a way to discuss, negotiate and compromise.
These are the most valuable weapons of all that will result in peace and preservation of life.