Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Human Rights

I thought I'd just do a little thinking out loud (so to speak) about the religion of inalienable rights. It's funny how a purportedly rational society has accepted as fact the totally unsubstantiated notion that all people possess some mysterious quality known as a "right". More ridiculously, this concept of rights has been divorced from religion, where it more properly belongs, and elevated to the status of a recieved truth for most people. Where religion is excluded to the most part from politics, rights have become the basis for international law!

As a self-styled crusader against ignorance, I feel it is my duty to set the record straight: There is no such thing as an inalienable or fundamental human right -or, to be more precise, even if there was one, we wouldn't know. The "rights" we know are nothing more than human constructs -myths, if you will. I don't mind saying that I'm frankly sick of people taking the ideas as given and building arguments upon them. People only have rights if we chose to give them rights!

Of course, this also has implications for animal-rights arguments. Animals, like humans, do not have any inherent rights. None. This is not to say that we cannot give animals rights just as we have humans, but it does mean that most of the animal-rights people's arguments fall by the wayside.

Of course, if you believe that rights come from some source such as God, you are free to ignore the preceding completely. You still have no evidence, though, unless you can come up with proof of that source's existance.

I suppose I should consider discussing religion, but that's a topic for another day.

Thought for the Day:

“If we are the only intelligent life in the universe, then we should get down on our knees and thank God that no other planet was afflicted with the likes of us”

-The Doom of Fools

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