Human Rights And The Right Essay

838 Words Aug 4th, 2016 4 Pages
A “right” is a word only given meaning in the context of actual or imagined oppression. The “right” to vote, the “right” from slavery and forced labor, and the “right” to reign all conjure up differences in their applications. Who and when are the most pertinent differentiations between the haves and have-nots. A right is a right only if it can be taken away through actions or ideologies and granted by a higher power; be that God, the Law, or an imposer of oppression. While humanity may have innate rights such as those listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), no human is born with rights. “Rights” need a bestower. Like food, shelter, and community, rights too are essential for one to live a life free of the burden of others. But just like food, shelter, and community, rights are not a self-made possession. Through either education or endowment, a right is an external idea that requires others to give or trample. It is a two-player game.
The notion of an inalienable right is an oxymoron to me. Everything can be violated or protected; there just needs to be a higher or stronger force than yourself to create those conditions. A Pharaoh has the “right” to reign because of shared/group ideology. As does a Pope or Prophet. Until that ideology has a schism. I, as a woman, only have a right to vote in the USA because of a non-religious law that trumps anything less than federal mandates. And that “right” to vote only happened in 1920 because I’m a white woman…

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