In our present world, the term ‘Human Rights’ has become so common, it has turned to a caricature of the human co-existence. In fact, as delicate as rights can be, the implementing of rights, especially in countries like the UK where it is at all acknowledged, is entirely blind of the balance of requirements for the respect of the community.
It is essential that there is a protection for the weak but also for the strong. In the long run, we might be victim at some point and executioner at another.
The Human Rights Act, a well-acclaimed piece of fair legislation by the EU has been abused and manipulated. In its use and implementation, it seems to be against the victims of ills by their fellow. The reason for this is because this piece of work lacks any concrete iota of prescription of responsibilities.
And recently, the same European Parliament – which shouldn’t really exist anyway – ordered (well, that’s what it feels like) the UK to grant voting rights to Prisoners. I saw many fellow Human Rights campaigners agree to that and wondered how they think.
In their argument, put literally, it is the right of the criminal to decide who runsthe government for the majority of non-criminals. In a very shocking occurrence, it showed that majority of Human Rights activists do not think of the other person – the victim. Rights activists, it appears, do not consider or say if there is a responsibility for the Rights-demanding person.
In looking at this case from a multi-layered and many-faceted perspective, it is obvious that once tuned into our emotional-one-direction pathway, we tend to forget whoever do not fall on that view; hence blindness to the complimenting part of Rights; Responsibility.
I am tired of people wanting their rights always… not that I mind. But ask them their responsibility; and they are most-likely shocked. The truth of course is, they do not give it a thought.
It has sucked the substance of society. Our children have Rights but not Responsibility. As such, that reflects on the adults who cannot exercise responsibility since the young people’s Rights supercedes that.
In the case of the example of prisoners and votes, it shows therefore how we are succeeding in creating this world of rights and no responsibility.
The lack of responsibility is represented in the extinction of consequences. It thus means that if people cannot see the possible cost of their action, they become bereft of finding value or substance in anything. That state of mind wipes out the feeling of being part of a society and in practice, removes any thought of a role from them.
In the person described above, s/he is like a pit; only taking but not giving. And that is portrayed in the demand for rights.
At this stage, it is time to establish what Responsibilities people owe their community; what role they can play & ultimately, the price of failure to do so.
However, unlike the recent chuck-them-all-in-prison-reaction to the riots across England, the government also is failing to show the offenders (Rights) what role (Responsibilities) they can play in society to avert prison (consequence).
The circle will return to a group of people who do not understand their part in society, their duty to themselves and hence a lack of respect for the hardwork of others.
image taken from Responsibility