The Pros And Cons Of Human Rights

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As Americans we’ve all become accustomed to Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence. “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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” They’ve become such an integral part of Americana that they’re often taken for granted and criticism applied to their meaning often brings about blank stares or hostility. The idea that our rights are derived from God and are unalienable often puts the opponents of human rights on the same perceptual level as Satan. On the surface the idea that we’re born a human…show more content…
Mussolini said “Liberty is a duty not a right” which clearly expresses the idea that rights are a social construct. The ability to act in a certain fashion without regards to the context which the individual interacts within is a perversion of political thought which views man as an atom with no essential connection to any other constituent part of society. History and modern society on the other hand has shown that no individual lives in a bubble. How that person lives their life has an effect on his neighbors and local community. This does not imply that the State should regiment the daily lives of each individual. It does imply though, that the view that the State’s actions should be limited to its necessary functions is one not based upon reality and is more of an abstraction. If the source is social, then rights cannot be allowed to jeopardize the origin of that source. We are born with duties, our existence requires it, whether it’s to the family which gave birth to us, the State which instills civic virtue, or God who provides salvation. It’s through the fulfillment of those duties that we realize our true selves and earn our
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