Dont get me wrong; people should be respected and given the benefit of their dignity as individuals. But it should be about 'respect' and 'dignity' rather than just rights.
It makes a complete joke of the matter when the focus is hinged on rights. Because in most cases, it becomes a tunnel-vision argument about compensating, or assuaging the victim. And so what?
In the above style, it tends to miss [and mix] the point. After the Rights in question is effected, more discrimination usually follows. This is because initially, it has been about a particular case where victims are exonerated out of their lives to focus on the Rights in question and put on a pedestal of compensation.
What seems to be missing therefore, is the fact that every Rights requires Responsibilities thus asking for wrongs to be righted, means someone is being asked to take responsibilities
However, with this model, victims lost all sense of responsibility. Thus it becomes acceptable that whatever role they played towards the event, is ignored. But the Highway Code (photo above) captures this better in its summary advise to drivers which states;
"The Highway Code do not give you the RIGHT of way in any circumstance, but they ADVISE you WHEN YOU SHOULD GIVE WAY to others. Always give way IF IT CAN HELP TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT" (offence, problem, issues, etc)
It is expedient that a sense of responsibility is restored along the need and demand for Rights. An example is the argument that kids can no more be smacked... Thus some kids end up not seeing the sense of self-respect hence no respect for others.
The same is replayed amongst some adult groupings; from the Deprived to the gender or Sexuality or Religion, Ideological or Racial groupings, it seems to spiral to 'what should be done for each' and not what to do as part of a general world we share.
Time is no more when people try their best to improve and define their profile and dignity through positive contributions to their society; very little of that now. But as there is a supplication to think rather of 'what should be done for me', the need to play a role is no more necessary.
This is not berating the improvements made on equality, but to call attention to the eroding act of individual contribution to society not by giving material but by
- respect, both of self and to others.
- making personal improvements of self-usefulness.
- taking what is given but doing best to give to yourself.
- getting confident and challenging misdemeanors from others.
- correcting myths that encourage discrimination especially through acts and less words
- showing responsibility and ability to take initiatives, manage situations and show productivity in the least roles.