Let’s begin with a simple question: Why are you on the planet? Why am I on the planet? Answer: The simple truth is that we are on the planet because we want to be. Life is based on desire. In this simple premise lie the seeds of societal transformation.
In my effort to define a human right I found that more than any other definition, human rights are defined as basic wants or fundamental aspirations. (“Aspirations” is just a fancy word for “wants.”) Rights are also called freedoms. But, ironically, having the freedom to achieve one’s potential is less assertive than actually wanting it. Thus, the best definition of a human right is that it is a fundamental want.
A second premise regarding human rights is that they are based on desires that originate with the individual’s personality. In its 1948 American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man, the Organization of American States indicated that rights originate with personality attributes of the individual. Therefore, there are no group or organizational rights. There are only individual rights.
Since human rights are based on individual attributes held in common , they are universal and apply to all humans. That sets up an inherent conflict between nationalism and human rights. Maybe that is why the Constitution was originally ratified in 1789, without a clear reference to individual rights; yet very clear regarding the goals of domestic tranquility, common defense, and general welfare.
The Declaration of Independence states that governments are instituted to secure the people’s rights. However, in order to be effective, a government must secure all rights. If not, the distribution of its services will be imbalanced. The Bill of Rights (first ten amendments) was added to the Constitution in 1791 and was not intended to be a comprehensive body of rights. This is confirmed by the Ninth Amendment which specifically protects those rights not included in the Constitution.
The unfair and imbalanced distribution of government resources is the condition, and perhaps the biggest problem, of American government today. This discussion begs the question: Is there a comprehensive and balanced body of rights which could be a matrix for a governmental organizational system? Yes, there is. I will introduce that system in the next blog.
Next: Boaz’s Blog 004. Beyond Bernie. The Article Five Convention.