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Is all morality about human rights?

Is the whole of morality about human rights, or human rights the whole of morality? Are there other types of moral concern than human rights concerns? One can argue that morality is a human construct as we are the only species (at present) able to recognize and live by its existence. Thus, morality can only apply to human rights because we are the only species able to even enter into conversation with it in the first place.

With that in mind, do all moral considerations necessarily only relate back to the protection of these rights; so that concerns for animals or the environment are relevant only as moral concerns in terms of how they can directly/or indirectly affect human rights? Or is morality a universal concept that extends far beyond the remit of Human Rights and if so how can one justify such a position?


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    Nov 9 2012: Morality deals with the distinction between "good" and "bad" behaviour. Human rights are universal and egalitarian where morality is usually defined by a dominant culture.

    To really answer your question, one must find the common ground between the two. It is considered immoral behaviour to kill another human in the tenets of all the major religions. The right to live is also the foremost of all human rights. They are both part of the same thing. The distinctions lay in the excess. For universal morality to exist in harmony with human rights, humanity as a whole must amalgamate their differing moral principals to find common ground that adheres to the universal code of human rights.

    It is optimistic to believe that this kind of unity can exist on our planet, but I believe that one day it is possible.

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