Thursday, May 15, 2008

Human Rights

Bloggers Unite

So my good friend Peter told me that May 15 is the day to write about human rights.

Except from Bloggers Unite:
"Bloggers Unite is an initiative designed to harness the power of the blogosphere to make the world a better place. By challenging bloggers to blog about a particular social cause on a single day, a single voice can be joined with thousands of others to help make a real positive difference; from raising awareness for cancer, to an effort to better education systems or support 3rd world countries.

While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations."

"Bloggers Unite For Human Rights challenges bloggers everywhere to help elevate human rights by drawing attention to the challenges and successes of human rights issues on May 15. What those topics may include — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, and censorship of the Internet. What is important is that on one day, thousands of bloggers unite and share their unified support of human rights everywhere."

I guess there will be enough talks about "human rights" by bloggers everywhere today. They must be talking about "human rights" among human society. I'm sure there will be thousands of interesting debates, so I'm not going to talk about that.

I'm gonna talk about something different. I do want to point out about "human rights" we don't have on the planet earth. Humans don't have a right to keep contaminating the earth and threaten thousands of animal and plant species to extinction. We humans have multiplied vastly and kept consuming everything we can to the point we can't sustain ourselves with natural resources we have. Moreover, as if that is not good enough, we are emitting pollutants. On this tiny planet, we now have 6 billion people. We are on every land there is like a plague. We are endangering our very home, the earth.

Before talking about human rights among human society consisting billions of people, I think we should make the ground smaller and more manageable. We should break this saturated condition. We are too much for too little. I think we should somehow reduce the population down to around 1 billion so that we have more space from a person next to you so that we can value and respect the boundaries of individuals.

There are simply too many people screaming for their rights. We can knock down one problem at a time, but more problems will rise because the solution may make others unhappy. And, it is virtually impossible in this chaotic planet to have a fair solution with which everyone can compromise with a decent satisfaction level.

While I don't support such an extreme method as one-child policy in China, I think we shouldn't pertinaciously cling on the idea of prosperity in many ways... Sometimes we should stop whatever we are doing, pay attention to each other and clean up the mess. When we don't have the ground to do so, it's like spitting in the wind.

At this point, I lost train of thought and I don't know where I'm going with this, so ...urr fuck it. This is completely not what I wanted to say.

Uhm... the weather is nice! I'm going to the beach tomorrow woo hoo!


Peter said...

nice work man, i like the idea of population control. in any case, either we do it ourselves, or nature will do us the favor of doing it for us. i would imagine she will be a little more ruthless than any human could ever be. nature cares not for the color of your skin and the laws on your books.

however, i must point out that since we can not in good conscience get rid of a bunch of people, we need to reduce our own impacts on this world... like the cars that we drive and the plane rides that we take... those are hints for you and me, bro. most of the people on this planet could live happily ever after and have little impact on the world, because they dont have cars, airconditioning, fridges, cloth driers, washing machines, toasters, vacation in exotic lands and all the other shit that we do all the time. it is still for now the minority that does the majority of the polluting.

YouKeyOh said...

I see your point and I shouldn't be driving the truck. I also know that the US is one of the least eco-friendly countries where people's awareness towards natural environment and knowledge about nature of things in general are evidently rather "scarce."

But look at my blog entry that's sitting on top of this one. Maybe we don't have time to pro-actively become eco-friendly. Maybe the nature is already on the move to control our over-population issue which also is the earth's problem, so to speak.

I'm not all that superstitious, but check out what Jucelino Nóbrega da Luz has said about what is going to happen to the earth in the next decade.