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Is there any essential part of the "human self" that confers on a person human rights? Mind? DNA? Memory? Soul? What I do?

If a person is their parts, and every part is interchangeable, is there still any part that is indispensable to being me, or to my being a person with human rights?

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    Feb 4 2012: What your human rights are are solely defined by where you were born.
    Your physical self, fairly basic, as a human born to this planet, do you have any right to have your feet on the ground anywhere? No, not really. For example, in the US, you have the right to have your feet planted on a patch of land you purchased and continually purchase via taxes. Else you need to move and if on public land, keep moving. In China, you have the right to have your feet anywhere until the government tells you you don't, higher risk but lower odds.

    Mentally, elementary to the rights of a thinking animal you have the rights to your thoughts. Not to speak them though. And you are likely to have at least an attempt made by your culture to shape and define them to fit you into the common larger social contexts of family, community and country. The movie Albert Nobbs is a good example of how extreme some have had to shape their outer selves to hide and protect their selves. In real life, hiding occurs in every culture for safety.

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