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Freddie Hayward

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Do we need extensive human rights when we have morals?

Human rights are what make us human and enable us to respect humans and what a human stands for. We have human rights for most things in our daily life.
A new right is that prisoners (in the UK) should have the right to vote in the General Election. This has produced a large amount of controversy which, therefore, means that we are questioning our earlier morals which we thought were correct? How can we trust our instinctive moral decisions if other people can provoke us to question them?

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    Nov 2 2012: I think questioning your ideas about right and wrong, or about anything else, is healthy.

    Many times our beliefs or values are actually inconsistent in a way we have not noticed until particular situations confront us in a way that demonstrates that. As we get older we can develop more nuanced views by allowing ourselves to reconsider matters we thought were simple.

    Often those instinctive moral beliefs are not instinctive at all but rather come to us by our having adopted other people's beliefs in a way we do not realize or remember.
    • Nov 2 2012: fritzie- i agree that questioning yourself is healthy and allows you to rediscover your morals and refine them.

      Therfore you are saying instinctive morals come from our experiances of moral issues? not our human nature?
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        Nov 2 2012: I think we label as moral some things that are instinctive, accepting them as "right' because they are instinctive. And that other things are learned.

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