Human Rights Final

Human Rights Final - HUMAN RIGHTS: THE PATH TO...

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HUMAN RIGHTS: THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT. 1 Human Rights: The Path to Enlightenment. Tiffany Altvater Eng 102 08/29/2010 Melonee Griggs
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HUMAN RIGHTS: THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT. 2 Human Rights: The Path to Enlightenment. “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first- class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war.” Selassie (2010) (I of Ethiopia quotes, para. 1) While many people believe that race, ethnicity, and living conditions are what determines a person’s worth and how much respect they deserve. I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy their god given human rights. Some people still do not believe that everyone is created equal; although it has been proven many times that the only thing that makes people different is our molecular structures. On the inside all human beings are made up of the same vital components, human beings all breathe the same air and fell things in the same way; this makes all human beings equal in the most basic of respects. “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war” Selassie (2010) (I of Ethiopia quotes, para. 1) I have often wondered why our species is incapable of accepting change easily, why do people have such a difficult time embracing the new and/or different things in our lives. Since humans began to keep a documented history of our time here on earth, there has been a pattern of violence and war. I cannot understand why our history has been and may always be stained with the blood that comes from the violence and war that we inflicted against our fellow human beings. Are not all human beings a part of the same species, how can you look at another person and question whether they come from the same strand of evolution as you yourself do? Man has spent their entire time here on earth trying to push themselves above one another, never
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HUMAN RIGHTS: THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT. 3 understanding that only as whole can we hope to gain the balance and serene existence we all wish to achieve. Why can Man not see that War does not breed peace even in the most extreme situations, that the answer is much more complex and unselfish than an act of domination? Imagine if instead of our ancestors trying to dominate or eliminate the different cultures that they had encountered, that they met with each other with hopes of learning and growing from the intermingling of their cultures. This idea would have made profound changes in our history, and therefore our development as a species. So much of the knowledge that different cultures were able to obtain has been lost to the violent hands of war. It has been said since the beginning of
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