What do our present “human rights” express?
Question from the Internet:
“Why are human rights imposed and enforced, if they are not based on evidence or reason alone as they are moral constructions?”
You are right. But it is not only “human rights” that are imposed and enforced as our whole human construct, everything we have ever done and we are doing is artificial, stubbornly coerced not only on ourselves but also on Nature.
Human beings are “outsiders” in Nature’s otherwise fully, mutually integrated and interdependent system, where strict, unforgiving laws govern the fragile, dynamic general balance and homeostasis life depends on.
The unique human ego promotes the instinctive, innate desire for existence, survival — other animals, plants also have — excessively beyond the optimal parameters of natural necessities and available resources. As this human ego drives us towards wanting constantly more, as it drives us to thrive on ruthless, exclusive competition, wars, succeeding, surviving at the expense of others and Nature, we are like cancer within Nature’s body.
And now this human cancer has become terminal, threatening to self-destruct. The so-called “individual human rights” — separating the individual from the collective, elevating the individual above the need of the collective — is the “banner” of the ego, and it is always promoted in a way, form and shape that suits best the actual most powerful elements in society.
If we do not revise our sense of existence and understand what our role is, what our rights are in nature’s lawful, deterministic system, we will disappear from evolution like the dinosaurs, but instead of being hit by an asteroid, we will be wiped out by our own egos.