To understand human rights, one must fully appreciate what it means to be human. To be human is to contemplate, strive, endeavor, love---even hate!
But foremost, to be human is to reason. Human beings reason in several ways and to achieve various ends. They understand like no other species on earth that unbridled fear, rancour and mistrust lead to chaos and anarchy in society that ultimately work to the disadvantage of all human beings. It is the faculty of reason that sets human beings apart from other life forms on earth. Therefore, though it is human to hate, it is equally human to put limits on hate and its expression through reason, so as to guarantee “human” rights to all human beings.
Acutely aware of their own needs, human beings are also able to empathize with the needs and desires of other members of their species. To be able to walk in the other’s shoes is hence a singularly human trait.
It is human beings who feel for others, feel the other’s joys and sorrows, and recognize that all human...More >>