The true acknowledgement of human rights in an individual can only exist if one is able to reach a state of being unable to judge themselves and unable to judge others. This means judging others who judge is still not a true acknowledgement of human rights, and presupposes that what he thinks is error and you don’t is worse than what you think is error in him and he doesn’t. This considered a state to reach and not a belief system or mindset because I do not believe people can innately experience this, but instead through arduous work, we can cultivate ourselves towards this. Some characteristics you can find through these people are being able to speak up on behalf of others; even more easily present when the “other” is a group that contains little to know ethnic, gender, socioeconomic etc… identity of their own. Even stronger are those who can speak out on an issue concerning themselves or a different group, and yet not be rude to others; being able to care about one’s own beliefs to where he can clearly communicate them, and yet just as interested in learning about another one’s beliefs. These people often are willing to have their voice silenced and indeed existence ended if needed as well, understanding their is something bigger than themselves, and yet not condoning this nor desiring to silence another’s voice nor end another’s existence. A person who doesn’t run towards, nor away from respect, as an old Chinese proverb once said.
Few have reached so a complex height. Some of which I would like to believe being Gandhi, Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Buddha, and Confucius. I believe that current President Barack Obama sincerely wants to reach this point but am not sure that he has completely reached this state yet.
Two songs which seem to intricately fit into such a category and therefore as well, express the underlying of “The Declaration of Human Rights” within our individualistic modern day in age are these below:
Beginning of the Declarations of Human Rights:
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.
Full Declaration available here