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What are Human Rights?

Updated on May 20, 2015

We Need to Save the World

Before I start, please remember this is all my own opinion and all from my own experiences. None of what I am about to say should offend any of you in anyway, remember they are all my own beliefs.

Many of you who read this are wealthy; if you have enough money to fill up your wallet, bank account, and have some spare change, you are in the top 8% of the world's wealthy. Many of you take all of this for granted, and forget that 92% of the world are barely scraping by. Starvation is rampant, wars are infecting every country, and we sit here and ignore it. This is not a story about how amazing we all are, it is one of truth, one that we all need to hear.

If you have never been in a war, imprisoned, torched, or experienced starvation, you are luckier than the 500 million people alive and suffering from these things every day.

And, if you can read what I am typing right now, you are more fortunate than the 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

These things you all take for granted are human rights, we are born with the right to do all of them. So why then, do so many people lack even the most basic rights of humans? 75% of the world lives without food in their fridges, clothes on their backs, or roofs over their heads.

What are our rights?

Where do you stand?

Are too many people incarcerated in the US?

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What Can We Do?

It's Simple

There are countries, like the Dominican Republic (Pictured here) that have some of the most beautiful people in the world (pictured above). I have been there myself, I built houses for the people of this country to help improve their ways of life. In my country, we spend trillions of dollars on things like the military, but we don't need that. If we could take away just a few billion dollars to help people from these countries, we would save millions of lives. Everyone deserves the right to live, so why are so many people deprived of the chance to live at all? We have the power, every one of us, to change the world.

When I was in the Dominican Republic, I met a boy named Nestalé. He lived in the cardboard boxes before we built him a home, he had virtually nothing to his name. After 10 days of building, he came up to me and told me; "Amigos por siempre, adios.." or "Friends forever, goodbye..".He gave me a wire with beads he had collected all around it. This was possibly all he owned, yet he gave it to me. Our help does not go unnoticed, I am a 18 year old in high-school with no money to my name, yet I changed the lives of five people.

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What Happens in These Countries?

Not many of us are aware of what goes on outside of our own lives. Unless it's something that we can quickly judge, like a kid who talks funny or someone who drives a really old car, we tend not to notice. We are quick to judge anything that isn't just like us, but that's about all we notice. Why is it that we don't see the people who need us? Most of us forget that there are people out there who are truly starving and struggling to survive every day. It's easier to pretend nothing is wrong, because when you live in a society where gluttony and consumerism are the standard, it seems impossible for anybody to live without these amenities. We are too oblivious as a society to notice that our priorities are wrong, and it's time for that to change.

It is hard for many Americans to grasp the concept of change, we like things the way that they are. It's difficult to notice starving infants and malnourished countries when everyone around you has grown up pretending that they don't exist. Plato says in The Allegory of the Cave that when you grow up in a cave seeing nothing but shadows on a wall, you know weather or not other things exist besides those shadows. They are all you have known your whole life. But what happens when you turn around and leave that cave? Well, the light will burn your eyes and it will be easier to just run back into the darkness. But for those few who stay and wait for their eyes to adjust, they will see things for what they really are. Instead of seeing only shadows of reality, they see what created them. It's time for us as a society to stop pretending these people don't exist, they didn't choose to be born into a poor or war infested country, they didn't choose the situations that created them!

Where do you stand?

Do you think George Zimmerman should be charged with a hate crime for shooting Trayvon Martin?

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Julio; the boy with nothing, yet everything.

Julio; the boy with nothing, yet everything.
Julio; the boy with nothing, yet everything.

Our Priorities are Wrong

They were shaped by their past, just like you and I. We didn't choose our religions, how we look, or even our own names. So many things in life are set in stone before we are even born; almost everything that we do is a result of our past. So why is it that we ignore the people in countries like the Dominican Republic? They don't deserve to live in poverty their whole lives, yet they do. It seems that the standard of living depends entirely on who wins the luck of the draw. I have been to the Dominican Republic and seen firsthand how horrible the people's lives are there. Yet the children there smile radiantly when they are given something as simple as a piece of string to play with. Shortly after I came back to America, I witnessed a little girl crying because she didn't get exactly the right flavor of ice cream. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this?

We are neglecting countries for no reason, countries that hold so much potential, because we are so oblivious. People die every day and we have the power to stop it. To me, nothing is more important than a life. We only get one chance, why are we wasting theirs? If we cut our military budget so that the army was only used to protect us rather than police the planet, we could have a few billion dollars to spend on countries like the Dominican Republic, and every life we save makes it worth it. I can't think of one issue more important than this, and I am a very open minded person. What is more important than saving innocent lives? It's something many of us don't think about, because we're happily consumed by our iPhones and fast food.

Help me change the world, show this to everyone, raise awareness, and don't let this go on anymore. Please.

Where do you stand?

Is access to ample contraceptive care a human right?

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We Need Your Help

I am planning to go back to the Dominican one day to help end more poverty, to help change more lives. If you can help in any way, donate or tell me what you can do.

The photo here was a string leading out to a bathroom. This is how the blind woman who lives here walks outside to use it, we have to end this, and it starts with you.

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    • beaworkathomemom profile image

      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      Great lens. I really love what you have posted here.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Well done, I applaud your social conscience. You don't just write about it (and even that is important) you got right out there and did it. I hope this lens rises right to the top. My very best wishes to you.