The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is the single most important document written in recent history. These 30 articles, penned at the end of World War Two in the hopes of making 'Never Again' a reality, put into words the fundamentals for being a human on earth and living in peace. If you've never read it I strongly encourage you to go to the UN's website HERE and take a look. You might be surprised at what you find.
Below are a few of my favourite articles, culled from the list because I believe that if they were fully implemented around the globe it would change our world dramatically for the better. Despite my current circumstances and pessimism it's my hope that someday this declaration will be seen as the highest law of our world, superceeding all others and at the expense of war.
- (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
- (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
- (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
- (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
- (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
- (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
- (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
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