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What, to you, are basic human rights?

This is quite a tough one to sum up in one discussion:

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."

1- Which ones summarize the scope of liberties, as a whole?
(name the ones -or your own- that give the whole perspective of liberties)

2- Can you define the basic human rights in terms of material, dimensional, spiritual- or any combination thereof?

3- Could these change? What could make them change?

4- Are they sustainable?

5- Also: where do those rights come from?

PS- Please don't make Q5 such an issue here, this isn't the purpose.


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    Nov 3 2011: You are discussing “rights” as absolutes that one receives at birth from who knows where. You get them and keep them without ever having to earn them and are entitled to them until you die. You don’t have to be good, do right, or do anything, you just have them, by right.

    Clearly that is nonsense. Those so called rights never reach some people, others have them stripped from them overnight, millions suffer breaches of these so called rights every day. There is no “right” that you can’t lose by dint of circumstance, war, mischance, crime, mistakes, poverty, or any number of other reasons.

    What we are talking about are privileges. Privileges that civilised societies can deliver by some degree of general agreement within society. Privilege is never able to conferred equally, but if conferred generally it can be delivered at acceptable or at least predetermined or affordable level.

    Privileges always carry responsibilities and for the most part privileges have to be constantly earned to be maintained. Those responsibilities are as important as the privileges themselves and more so than a quick set of general “rights” patched together couple of hundred years ago. The US Bill of Rights was an inspiring document for it’s time and in the prevailing circumstances but the lack of precision and consequent lack of clarity has become a real problem.

    Rights exist in the same land as equality, I believe it’s called dreamland.

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