The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All

December 10, 2013

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” – so begins the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of this visionary document, created shortly after the end of World War II. In the aftermath of massive global violence, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict happen again.

The decades since have been filled with violence and atrocities.

And.

And the arc of the universe has bent toward justice.

For at least there is now an international promise of how we know we are called to be together, a First Principle 
guideline leading to a Sixth Principle vision.

To paraphrase the G.I. Joe cartoon of my childhood, “Now we know, and knowing is half the battle.”

May this knowing lead to loving, compassionate doing in the next 65 years.

“As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere.” ~UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  • nanomanoman

    The Declaration, like the UN, was formed by the victorious powers of WW2, so this created a very Western, Judeo-Christian concept of human rights. THAT was the success – since then concepts of human rights have been rolled back, not least by the work of the UN human rights council which is dominated by non-Western states and relentlessly attacks Israel, one of the few countries in the Middle East that actually embodies the concepts that the Declaration holds dear (albeit imperfectly) in contrast to its legion of critics on the Council.

    Elephants. Rooms. Islamic concepts of rights are very different to Western. WE may believe they are universal, but resurgent Islam sees them as colonial, and it uses the relativism driven by the Liberal Left to undermine the values that the Declaration is supposed to embody. In a sense, good luck to them – perhaps one day Liberals will wake up to the damage their complacency has done to the very values they hold dear.


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