A Violation of One Human’s Right is a Violation of All Humans’ Rights

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We will never know where the stark emotions evoked from an instance of injustice upon one’s personal dignity–of terror, of shame, of hopelessness, of unadulterated anger–go after the event ends. Do they dissipate into the atmosphere? Are they collected by a higher being so that when we pass into another world, we are paid in kind with the sins of our human brothers and sisters?

Who knows. But I believe there is a collection. I believe, for example,  if a person is imprisoned in a far-away country for the exercise of their political beliefs, that the wrongness of it reverberates throughout the world, remaining somewhere in someplace. And the only way to combat this insidious force is to be vigilant in what happens to one’s fellow human, be it your neighbor or an child soldier traipsing through the Congolese jungle.

The dilemma, of course, is means. One cannot effectively address the wide-reaching wrongs that occur everyday throughout the world. However, the lack of means, at times, is not an excuse for ignoring a wrong if it is within one’s means to address.

The “Compelling” Factor

Unfortunately for many in the world, their plight is not compelling enough to reach an audience. Too many publications, be they a blog or the New York Times, will only publish what will attract a reader. It is based on an amalgam of factors, ranging from sheer entertainment value to a conflict with one’s own convictions. As a result of this disparate coverage of human rights violations, it is likely that many more people suffer than need be.

It’s well within many individuals means to actively confront the reasons underlying why they cover some stories and why they ignore others. I urge all to travel outside of the familiar, and dive headlong into the ugly transpirations that are occurring right now and are festering in the cracks we have constructed. Expose it to be eviscerated by the eyes of a collective indignation.

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3 Responses to “A Violation of One Human’s Right is a Violation of All Humans’ Rights”

  1. A Violation of One Human’s Right is a Violation of All Humans’ Rights (via El Gringo Gigante) « Cubiyanqui Says:

    […] We will never know where the stark emotions evoked from an instance of injustice upon one's personal dignity–of terror, of shame, of hopelessness, of unadulterated anger–go after the event ends. Do they dissipate into the atmosphere? Are they collected by a higher being so that when we pass into another world, we are paid in kind with the sins of our human brothers and sisters? Who knows. But I believe there is a collection. I believe, for exam … Read More […]

  2. Jesus Maria Alvarez Says:

    Hey Bryan, I reposted. Hope you’re doing well.

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