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Basic Human Rights

Updated on January 28, 2012
MLK is such an excellent example of a person that wanted basic human rights for all people.
MLK is such an excellent example of a person that wanted basic human rights for all people.

Some of my initial thoughts on basic human rights

The rights of human beings are incredibly important, and no words can really express the significance or importance of them in our lives. Without humans, we would know nothing of this universe, nor of love, memories, or the enjoyment of living. I think the most basic way to sum up what human rights, has been summed up in the United States Declaration of Independence. I don't think its just a good description for those that are United States Citizens, but for all people everywhere. Its a good thing, for all humans to have a chance at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I think the finer details all fall under that larger umbrella.

Do all humans currently have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? No, unfortunately they do not. It shouldn't stop us from trying to have that be a goal, however. Its a very worthy cause, and I think it is important to never stop learning from original history. When and if we do forget to learn from history, we are doomed to make same and/or bigger mistakes.  Life is too precious to be squandered away by repeating mistakes or versions of them.  Let the mistakes of the past be learning tools of how not to do things in our future.  Future generations are counting on us!

Basic Human Rights inspire hope in human beings
Basic Human Rights inspire hope in human beings

Some ideas

Wherever we see injustices done to people, all of us ought to do what we can to help. Sometimes that comes in the form of a vote at the voting booth, come election day. Sometimes, its giving a little bit to help another in whatever way we can. It need not be monetary, and there are so many other ways to give! Being creative with what you have, be it time or just a smile and a kindness is so much better than nothing.

Keeping abreast of the news and what is going on in the world, is very critical. Trying to raise our children to think better about things, to think critically about the issues all around us is an incredible gift to them! Encourage less thinking of oneself, and encourage empathy and compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves. This not only helps others, but helps us, and can create true and genuine thankfulness. We might take a lot for granted, but choosing to think about what we have that others don't, like food and fresh water, can be the beginnings of helping those that don't have the basic human rights in place.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence

Some of my ideas are borrowed from great thinkers of the past, that helped to put together things like the Declaration of Independence.
Some of my ideas are borrowed from great thinkers of the past, that helped to put together things like the Declaration of Independence.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

I think the order is important in this list. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. For instance, can you have liberty or be able to pursue anything if you don't have life? Can you pursue happiness if you don't have liberty or freedom to do so? So Life, is the number one human right, that often gets overlooked. We all need to fight for the right to life for all people, no matter how young or how old they are. Age should never be a factor in whether or not a person is allowed to ever have life in the first place, or to end it prematurely for whatever the reason. Life is a precious gift, that is something we should have a "hands off" idea toward. We don't give it, and we shouldn't take it.

Freedom isn't free. It never has been, and never will be. Lets be thankful that we didn't pay the price others had to, to ensure our very freedoms that are afforded to us today. Let us support freedom and be wary of who or what (ideas and philosophies included) wants to take freedoms away. No matter how a thing looks, if the end result is loss of freedoms, we need to consider not allowing that into our lives and governments. For example, big and bigger government might look so good on the one hand, but really it is a slow loss of freedoms. We need to be aware of if and when this is happening. I know I have observed it in my own lifetime. Be aware and alert, and shoot for freedom. Sometimes ideas are dressed up so they look like they are helping people, when really they are quietly exerting more power over those people. This can benefit those that would want power to rule over people when really, people ought to rule themselves, and have a government that supports that (as much as is possible).

Pursuit of Happiness, isn't a guarantee of happiness. It is being allowed the opportunity to pursue it that it might be an option at all. The pursuit of happiness is a "hope giver!" Happiness can inspire the human spirit to soar above all the difficult parts of life. It brings a quality to life that makes it so much more enjoyable. Even if we don't have things that we think we ought, to make us happy, let us look deeper to what I talked about initially, to be thankful for all we do have. This can bring true happiness. Just living the life you have been given, by no effort of your own, is a great thing to celebrate. May we strive to help as many people as we can. That is a great goal.

Do you think the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are great rights for all people?

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Danareva, I very much agree with you. Wherever there are human rights in short supply, then things need to change. I hope that things continue to change for the betterment of all people.

      The for everyone, how you end it, is critical I think too. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on human rights.

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      Dana De Greff 6 years ago from Miami

      This is a great reminder that we must always move forward and look out for others. Human rights are far from ideal right now and thats why we need to keep working and striving for better conditions-for everyone.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Chelsea, I am like you in that I wish more people remembered basic human rights more often. You are right, so much more would be accomplished, and for the good I think! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. :)

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      chelseacharleston 6 years ago

      Such a vital fundamental concept. Great hub. I wish people remembered basic human rights more often. I think we'd accomplish so much more. Loved how you pointed out how critical we are in the synergy that is our collective education regarding the universe we live in.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you, What is Q! I also wish more people realized the importance of life.

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      Adam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Very well said and inspiring. I enjoyed reading it and it gave me hope. Everything you pointed out was true, I just wish everyone else realized the importance of life. Well done!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Happyboomernurse, thank you very much for your comment! I look forward to reading that hub of yours and finding out what you learned from your mother. I think its great to recall history that people have lived, and hope we never forget the process it takes to undo things that have hurt others in the past. Helping to change the prejudice in hearts is a wonderful point.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      My Mom, through her actions, was my greatest human rights teacher. She taught me to be kind, compassionate, to try to correct injustices or at least help those who have been hurt by them, and to be a critical thinker about history and current events. She believed that all people regardless of race, religion, nationality should be treated with respect. I grew up in the Civil Rights Era, a time of great turmoil in America, especially in our cities. Unjust laws were changed and new laws took their place, but the prejudice in people's hearts can never be rescinded by a law, so in the end it's our human to human interactions of kindness, love and compassion that have the true ability to alleviate prejudice.

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub. My hub mob entry on this topic was about what I learned from my Mom, which was the ideals you've stated here.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you for the comment Banzaradiwana.

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      banzaradiwana 7 years ago from Calcutta,INDIA

      it's beautifully written.takecare

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Patty!

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Voted up here as well. GOod reading.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      SweetMarie, thank you, that just made my day! Glad to help give ideas too...I think its an important topic applicable to all people everywhere.

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      Marie Landry 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is beautiful, I really enjoyed reading it. I couldn't think of what to write for this week's HubMob, but after reading yours, I think I have a few ideas - thank you! Voted up. :-)

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Rich, and cheers and God Bless right back to you.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      YuFirst, I completely agree with you about the pursuit of happiness not being a guarantee. I don't see how it could be, but the ability to even try is a great gift. Thank you or your kind words!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Pcunix, Thanks for sharing your opinion there on big government. The founding fathers wanted small government, to get away from being part of what they were before, and seeing the dangers. I am thankful for that because I think it is part of what made our country so great for so long. The bigger government I am talking about is slow moving, but getting it done, and many American's don't like it, and voted like they don't like it recently. That says scores. The example you give shows it was true in that case, and that is one good example and I am all for human rights winning out. We do see a shift in power from the people to bigger government over time. A LOT of power, in a LOT less hands is not a good government is my point, in part. Thanks for the comment.

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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      Bigger government doesn't necessarily equate to loss of freedom. In fact, quite the opposite is often true: the civil rights laws were hard fought starting in the 1850's over issues of local States rights over the big, intrusive Federal government.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Excellent message and thanks for sharing this. It reminds us of what is important in our lives and what basic rights we as humans beings should have.

      Cheers and God bless!

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      YU_First 1 7 years ago from Uganda

      Good food for thought -

      Pursuit of Happiness, isn't a guarantee of happiness. It is being allowed the opportunity to pursue it that it might be an option at all.

      Voted up. Its beautiful.

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