Individual rights are important. But what are those rights?

Question from the Internet:

“I think people’s rights are important in every country. Does anyone else think so?”

Yes, I agree with you. People’s rights are very important everywhere. But what are those rights?

We see and feel that the world has become globally integrated and interdependent. We see and feel around us, in our local communities and in our countries, how much individual actions immediately and irrevocably influence everybody close and far.

In such mutually integrated and interdependent systems, societies or communities we have evolved into, can we talk about and expect the usual individual freedom and individual rights we usually talk about?

Can an individual think, dream, calculate and act as one wants when with each and every decision and action, we directly influence others and change the conditions for others?

I think that we have to change the whole rhetoric about “rights” and “freedom” as a result of our totally and mutually integrated and interdependent conditions.

First of all, we all need to understand our absolute mutual responsibility toward each other. We will have to come to a very clear understanding and actual, tangible, and “visceral” feelings and emotional impressions about our total interdependence.

When we have understood and felt our interdependence and our subsequent 100% mutual responsibility, we can start examining what rights and possibilities an individual has in such a fully integrated and interdependent system.

First, we need to establish mutual responsibility, and then we can explore our individual rights and freedom — as long as we keep our responsibility towards each other, as long as we contribute to maintaining the general balance and mutually complementing cooperation, our collective life and success depend on.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.