Basics of Humanity and Rights

Jul 18, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Why do I support human rights?

Because in times of desperate need, everyone has what it takes to become the hero or the villian, and that has nothing to do with age, race, religion, gender or sexual preference.

Because you and I may one day need to get help from each other, and if you believe in any kind of endless existence (the afterlife, reincarnation) then burning our bridges or diminishing another's power is pointless and silly.

Because the most basic of human urges, even greater than the urge toward sex or food, even greater than personal survival is the urge to help all our fellows. Why not act on it? It feels wonderful.

Because if you stamp on people they will stamp back, regardless of skin, religion, age, gender, or sexual preference.

Because in all the universe there is nothing more precious or powerful than the company of friends and loves, communication and art. If you curb that, you stomp on a piece of yourself as well.

Because a truly enlightened being wouldn't do it.

Because all spiritual people are the same: if a person is wonderful, then their life is wonderful, light, beautiful. If a person is black with jealousy or greed, then their space is black, regardless of any other differences.

Because happiness depends on helping your fellows along as much as yourself.

Because I love diverse cultures, and wish to respect all people for their amazing beauty in their own unique way.

Because believing yourself to be worth more than everyone not exactly like you is arrogant.

Because good and evil cannot be decided on anything other than a personal basis. There is no blanket of good or evil that falls over an entire swath of humanity.

Today is Human Rights Day. Act on it.

1 Responses to Basics of Humanity and Rights

  1. Kat Says:

    Love this. And you. Even though you're not as good as me because your hair is straighter than mine.