Human Rights Month

The cry for equal rights is an alarm signal that draws attention to the unfairness in society. The most vital right is the the ethical responsibility to treat all citizens equally in all matters. This value is simple on the surface but has proven to be among the most difficult ones to fulfill and maintain.

As a member of an oppressed subculture, I have a personal stake in this. Sexual orientation is but one of the groups whose rights have been abridged or taken away by the majority cultures throughout the ages. We are reminded that gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, differently-abled, religious, non-religious, and aged continue to be discriminated against everywhere on Earth.

Every person in the world is entitled to the rights of basic dignity, freedoms, alleviation of illness, productive life, and peaceful coexistence. These are stage-one rights. There should be no doubt about this. However, serious social obstacles have been put in place to make the exercise of basic human rights very difficult and impossible for millions of people. This is one reason why we have such commemorations as Universal Human Rights Month.

In my opinion, every month should be Universal Human Rights Month–not just December. Discrimination and harm happen all the time. There is no official time-out. Some nations do not even recognize human rights month, let alone universal human rights. Many institutions continue to maintain policies of separation and inequity. These barriers prevent people from living in serenity, peace, and plenitude.

Awareness and constructive action is needed to bring and maintain such basic rights for everyone.

“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”–American author, Madeleine L’Engle

It’s tragic that we even have the need for human rights education. Equality, fairness, and liberty for all should be instilled in childhood. All due respect towards others is a basic foundation-stone of interpersonal relationship. Those of us who are members of minority status groups hunger for this every day. Everyone is naturally entitled to basic respect for her or his civil and social rights. Such an attitude maximizes everyones potential and contributes to the betterment of civilization.

I hope that one day soon, we can all possess the reality of Universal Human Rights.


The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders a quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. “To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled. Because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.”

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9 Responses to Human Rights Month

  1. Ignatius J. B. says:


  2. Yes. A human rights month, week or day should be unnecessary.

  3. rkrontheroad says:

    Thanks for sharing your own story. Let’s hope the next few years, without the hatred coming from the highest places in government, sees an easing of prejudice of all kinds. I agree that every day should be one for practicing and celebrating human rights.

  4. Jeff Flesch says:

    Excellent. Agreed. Great post, Jay.

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