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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 6 2011: To me, Basic Human Rights are:

    1. The right to grow as a human being without being molested, physically abused and made to follow dictums that I cannot make a reasonable decision about until I am old enough and have enough information.

    2. The right to drink fresh water, and eat nutritious food. These are not options. I need these to grow up healthy and contribute to a healthy human community.

    3. The right to obtain healthcare that will keep me healthy so that I can continue being a part of a healthy human community.

    4. The right to be respected and to respect others regardless of age, gender, creed, or color.
    5. The right to learn.

    If the above is not reachable, please explain to me what exactly it means to be human? Is it to muddle through life in squalor and disease simply because my part of the world hasn't created the right committee to make it not so? If one of us is worthy of a good life, then we all are. If you disagree, who is worthy of judging?

    The barriers to my version of human rights:

    1. Well meaning but ill-equipped/prepared human constructs.
    2. Ignorance about the meaning behind our differences as humans and failing to realize that "there but, by the grace of 'luck' go I."
    3. We are animals with a conscience-tied to instinct and choice. Imagine looking down on a birds-eye view of earth and then imagine that red army ants had been given a conscience instead of humans. Wouldn't you hope that they would recognize that they BETTER be different than the other animals given their numbers and their ability to destroy so many habitats and species not to mention each other by damaging the ecosystem they live in?

    How do humans create a better world? Invest on the healthy, well-rounded, and kindness of its members and fix the ones who can't do this or... ??? I don't know how we are going to do it, only that we have to.
    • Nov 6 2011: The first anti-claim I think is most valid.
      People.

      The solution for this barrier is to make it so that humans are best aware of their possible mistakes, and if someone is ill intended, to make him only be able to do good.

      In other words- changing human incentives for the better good, in a way that does not coarse, and is arguably the best ever devised tool for sustainability and harmony, as well as growth and prosperity.

      Capitalism.

      I dare you to try and beat it.
      I'm still trying ;-)

      Evb.

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