The Unattainable Human Rights

Human Rights.

If you keep on repeating these words in your head, over and over again, not to fall asleep, but to really understand what they stand for, then the feeling that you will experience will lie somewhere between amusement and disappointment. But if you find the slider of your emotions tilting towards the disappointment part a bit more, then you can make yourself laugh by focusing on the fact that we are talking about ourselves.

You know that we have people known as Human Rights Activists. They are the people who work actively for the basic human rights for certain groups of people all over the world and you cannot have anything but admiration for these brave individuals with great integrity. But isn’t it a shame that they have to do what they do?

The very fact that these people need to engage in such activities is laughable and had there been any extra-terrestrial species watching over the proceedings of what is going on in the earth, they would been laughing themselves to orgasms for the entertainment value. Think about it. There are people in the world who need to speak out for Human Rights. That’s ridiculous.

Currently, there is a logo design competition going on for the International Symbol of Human Rights. Artists and wannabes from around the world have produced some wonderful designs and I am sure that the judges will have a hard time choosing the best and the most appropriate one. But if I were to offer my suggestion, then I would have symbolized Human Rights with the Holy Grail. Pardon the choice of religious symbolism, but we all know what the Holy Grail stands for and to me, its use has never been more fitting.


Who knows. Maybe the Holy Grail is the Human Rights.

But then again. The most fascinating aspect to it is that the Human Rights are relative as well. The set of values dear to one group of people are entirely meaningless and sometimes even shocking to another. Like morality. So, you can imagine what happens in the aftermath. Same old, same old. Conflict.

But given the cultural confrontation haunting the idea of Human Rights, we can at least single out a few,  broadly speaking, to which everyone would agree, to which of course a lot of people will disagree, which is alright and could be even valid. But let’s consider a hypothetical scenario. Let us say for a moment that the most essential Human Rights are the right to live in peace.

To some, that would be oversimplifying things, but let us consider it anyway. The rest of the Human Rights such as clean drinking water, health, education and even freedom of expression are relevant only when a person is able to survive. The conflicting standards of human rights create a political dilemma (hardly) when you have to violate some human rights in pursuit of others, or at least that is what they tell you.

But the fact remains that mostly human rights are something only attainable with money. As for the aspirations to Universal Human Rights, such noble ideas are in direct conflict to the economic interests of the governments of the world. These ideas could even be considered absurd by some and could be rejected altogether by others being labeled an idealist’s or a mad man’s dream.

The Holy Grail.

The Unattainable Human Rights.