Some believe that human rights is merely a Western construct.
We have the idea of right and wrong rooted in religion…When we construct a secular ethic to substitute for the religious one in which we no longer hold any confidence…the instructions turn out to be quite similar.
All powerfully emancipatory ideas get sucked into a vortex of power which seeks not to remove them but to twist their meaning to suit the powerful.
We risk our culture if we collude in the idea that our culture is so valuable that we can afford to depart from it in order to secure it.
We are driven to engage in this energetic, empathetic solidarity…this common intuitive commitment to reaching out. This is what makes us, in the end, a human rights culture.
*Also, please note that this video was created in 2012. Many things have happened since the time of filming; keep that in mind as you listen to the cultural references being made. A stellar response will refer to more recent examples.*
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