The Declaration of Human Rights as a Guide for Life

I sit to write today with the feeling that I must. As a human being, I cry for a more humane humanity, for more accepting societies, for more respectful beings and encourage you to discover and uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a text that is even more basic in our times, not only for its humanological principles, but because if offers us the basis for a wiser, more solid and happier humanity.

 

“It was 1948 when the United Nations and its members signed a declaration establishing certain basic and inalienable rights for all human beings in the shape of 30 articles. It has been over 7 decades since humanity became aware that each of us should be valued and treasured as unique and irreplaceable beings. The world needs to recover that spirit today, more than ever; the spirit that guided those creators of dreams that only us can turn into realities.

The articles in the Declaration establish rights and freedoms for all human beings and offers a common code upon which to build a true humanity.

Human beings today advance very fast in technological aspects, accumulating knowledge while losing wisdom. Suffice it to see that the vast majority of people still spend most of their time in the 21st century working to survive, while it’s been clearly proven many times over that our planet could easily provide for all of us if common sense was applied.  Let’s also consider something more modern, like the growing demand for virtual friendship in developed countries, where the young are forgetting how to establish real relationships, needing to connect by artificial means in order to feel connected to other human beings.

Reading the articles of that Declaration one can see that we progressed in almost the opposite direction. We don’t need to focus on the best known and basic articles, like those stating the equality of ALL human beings, to prove how far away we are from the spirit of those signing them. Let’s take some of the other ones, too. While Article 4 says, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude…” we hear almost every day about victims who were tricked into forced prostitution. Or Article 12, saying that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence,” while the Big Brother of corporations and governments observe, measure and use our privacy for their purposes.

All human beings have cultural and family-based beliefs, just to mention a few. They are the basis upon which decisions are made. When those beliefs are very solid, we might feel superior and the possessors of TRUTH. Given our nature and the way our brain works, we defend our beliefs with determination. That is the great human paradox: although we need beliefs to guide us and protect us from feelings of insecurity, when they become too strong, they lock us into intolerance and fake superiority. Let’s all adopt the articles of this Declaration as a guide to life, adapting them to the life story we tell ourselves by considering other possible interpretations and perspectives, even if different from ours, while respecting every human being as unique and inimitable.

Let’s apply the spirit of this Declaration to each action and word, to each gesture for us and for others. Let’s place human beings in the center of each move and each decision. How can we save the planet, unless we are its main goal? How can we grow in wisdom if we ignore abuse around us? How can we feel fully alive if others have no value for us?

Do you dare question your beliefs under the light of this Declaration? Read it and study your beliefs fearlessly and in honesty; ask yourself what kind of life you wish to live and where your wisdom is. Your age or culture don’t mater, neither do your gender or religion; just read it and hold a conversation with yourself about its meaning. Then, decide whatever you think is right.

I declare my faith in humanity and subscribe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for a present and future humanity in which the life of each human being is worth living.”

Jessica J. Lockhart, humanologist.

Jessica J. Lockhart is a humanologist, bestselling author and renowned international speaker. Follow her here:

 

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