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HayleyS October 28th, 2013 3:06pm

Are human rights absolute/universal?

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huskermedic Cincinnati
10/30/13 2:22 pm

Human rights is a political term in today's world. Lots of "rights" are really not rights.

deliala919 hashtag nerdy
10/29/13 6:29 pm

If you are of the human species, then yes.

ozzy
10/29/13 4:36 am

John Locke - natural rights = yes
The UN human rights list = no

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aj1545 Cat Lady
10/28/13 7:46 pm

Universal. The right to be treated with respect and dignity, as a human not a thing. To have bodily autonomy and be free from anise from others. Saw a pretty good document on this from the UN.

ishady 86451132020
10/28/13 5:29 pm

However,I'm a big believer in you getting what you give.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
10/28/13 11:43 am

unalienable rights are. not all American "rights" are universal rights.

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DavesNotHere where am I
10/28/13 11:14 am

Human rights are universal. To be treated with dignity and respect. To be treated humanely.

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DavesNotHere where am I
10/28/13 11:15 am

FWIW, you and Mattwall ask the best questions on SOH IMO.

HayleyS looking up.
10/28/13 11:50 am

Oh wow. Thank you so much :)

Mattwall1
10/28/13 12:09 pm

Wow. Thanks so much Dave

curly
10/28/13 11:11 am

Interesting results. Good one Hayley!

MrEdwin Mystery
10/28/13 10:56 am

"natural" rights

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BusinessJustin Tamriel
10/28/13 10:29 am

There are several that are universal but there are plenty that many would argue are rights when really they're just nice to have.

teppofan Rt. 66 Hackberry, AZ
10/28/13 9:30 am

God-given rights are universal. However, the arbitrary rights demanded by so many are not rights at all.

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PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/28/13 9:33 am

200 years ago if you were black not being owned by someone was considered an arbitrary right...

teppofan Rt. 66 Hackberry, AZ
10/28/13 9:37 am

Yes, but man's lack of understanding does not change God's truth.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/28/13 9:45 am

Doesn't seem to be too universal if man's understanding of "God's truth" is easily tainted by his own whim.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
10/28/13 9:50 am

That's a false appeal to the masses.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/28/13 9:30 am

Not really. Those rights are meaningless unless there is a system protecting them.

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BadUsername
10/28/13 9:28 am

They are not, but they should be

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Jack14 Massachusetts
10/28/13 9:14 am

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the US Constitution are the best examples that ensure these rights.

Jack14 Massachusetts
10/28/13 9:10 am

I call then natural rights but same thing.

eLucidate writing
10/28/13 8:48 am

You gotta fight
For your right
To paaaaartaay

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MJSeals J.D.
10/28/13 8:47 am

Yes and no. They should be, but they are not recognized and they are legislated

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/28/13 8:36 am

Do humans actually have rights? They are really bestowed upon ourselves. No outside source says, "Hey, y'all have rights now. Have a good life." Natural rights are our perception of what is naturally allotted to us via nature. I believe there are

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/28/13 8:37 am

certain rights which I deem inalienable, and they should be universal/absolute. However, that is simply my perception of what "rights" we have as humans.

bmi444 Colorado
10/28/13 9:20 am

Well said.

heykvaz Northern Michigan
10/28/13 10:34 am

Very well said. I have missed your insight over the last few weeks.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/28/13 10:35 am

Thanks a lot, you two! :)
Really? I've been around! Maybe my insight has been lacking... Uh-oh. It has been a crazy week, but things are calming down. :)

TierasPet
10/28/13 8:37 am

I agree but they aren't.

rons screw politicians
10/28/13 8:20 am

Yes, you have a right to be human, nothing else!

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/28/13 8:15 am

They aren't applied or honored universally, but the "inalienable" ones come close.

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MrMilkdud
10/28/13 8:15 am

Yes, but it gets murky when people start defining everything as a human right. Generally, I believe negative rights are universal, because they are part of the natural state of the human person but positive rights are not bc they must be provided.

rlands
10/28/13 8:11 am

They are both absolute and universal. In my opinion.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
10/28/13 8:10 am

Yes, but do we get them free of charge, nope..

Liberty 4,032,064
10/28/13 8:09 am

Yes, the rights to life, liberty, and property.

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HayleyS looking up.
10/28/13 8:07 am

Today in western civ my teacher talked about the Magna Carta. He said that it came about when the Normans were ruling England, but not actually living there. And so they did really bother the English much. So the English came up with the idea that

HayleyS looking up.
10/28/13 8:08 am

that they had certain rights that even the king couldn't get in the way of. He was saying how that wasn't exactly true, but it's what you believe to be true what matters.

HayleyS looking up.
10/28/13 8:09 am

I started wondering if every human who ever lived was entitled to the rights that we have come up with..
And after googling it, apparently the absolutism of rights is a common debate.