Theory Of Social Justice And Peace

 "Itís a too hard liviní,
  But Iím Ďfraid to die
  Donít know whatís Ďyond the sky...

        The terms "Human Rights" and "Civil Rights" and the more encompassing concept "Human and Civil Rights" are probably irretrievably entwined and joined at the hip until today, these names are commonly used to designate one or the other or both.  In theory, the term Civil Rights refers to rights and privileges granted by a governing body to its constituency; in the United States, the first ten amendments to the Constitution collectively known as The Bill Of Rights, for example.  Of course in reality, some people on our planet are granted far fewer civil rights than others and also in practice within the United States and elsewhere, individuals of various physical, mental, sexual, social, cultural, ethnic and levels of wealth experience a greater or lesser degree of actuality of our 'guaranteed' civil rights.

        The second term, "Human Rights", implies a greater and more permanent "and justice for all" than can be hoped to be obtained through the weakness and corrupting nature of governmental structure.  As stated in defiance of the English crown in one of American history's most famous documents:  "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." ¹  Note how easily that Human Rights becomes identifiable and entwined with the civil rights later appended to The Constitution Of The United States as the first ten amendments.  Hinted at in the English Magna Carta of 1297 and later stated more strongly in the Declaration Of Independence, the concept of "Human Rights" implies God-given rights and privileges that cannot morally be usurped by any ruler or governing body.

        Historical personages as diverse as Moses, Jesus, Jefferson, Gandhi, King, Chavez and many others all seem to have strongly believed that Human Rights are granted by our Creator and as such, represent the highest form of legal authority; greater than that of civil authorities, generals, kings and major modern governments.  There is an abundance of historical evidence indicating that Human Rights are granted by the Creator, as the idea of treating others as we ourselves wish to be treated is found in a great many diverse cultures spread throughout the historical record (see Revolution; FootNote IV for details).  Indeed, modern evolutionary biologists are hard-pressed to explain how such a phenomenon could naturally occur if there is no Designer behind what we call a human conscience (explaining conscience at all presents a considerable dilemma to the juvenile and non-empirical nonsense that creation is a random-chance self-selecting phenomena).

        Thus, modern Human and Civil Rights activists generally maintain that Human Rights and Civil Rights are synonymous in the sense that most civil rights granted by a governing body already exist as Human Rights and that We The People of Planet Earth possess certain God-given rights whether or not a particular government grants or upholds them.  The concept of "Civil Disobedience" thus arises and is considered valid when either a government does not grant us sufficient human rights or, as has more often been the historical reality in the United States, when civil rights that are Constitutionally guaranteed are not equally upheld and applied.  It is considered righteous and just and prudent to disobey and react against a governing body if and when either of these realities should exist.  For example, even though many local government (and some federal) laws have been broken in the struggle for human equality in America, engaging in such civil disobedience, in particular when non-violent methodologies are used, is considered by many modern individuals to be the correct and even Godly, rather than the incorrect action to pursue.

        In December 1948, from the ashes of The Holocaust of World War II, the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.  This declaration contains most of the commonly asserted freedoms set down in the constitutions of many modern nations, including most of what is promised in our own historic first ten amendments; rights such as "life", "liberty", freedom of thought, religion, right to a fair trial, etc., as well as certain rights defined as "cultural", "social" and "economic", such as rights of work and collective bargaining, the right to education and the right to basic economic necessities of life (standard of living rights).  This was not a formal treaty by definition but rather, meant to be a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations".  In other words, most unfortunately it was not ratified as enforceable under law, thus our modern concept of international 'law' must be taken as a small grain of unseasoned salt at best, for it is not based on fundamental Human Rights re-enforced by codified law, nor is there any general consensus regarding the administration of just and equitable jurisprudence based on this declaration.

        The fundamental principle of Human and Civil Rights remains simply, that we should treat other people in the same way and with the same respect and civility that we ourselves would like to be treated.  For if we all did such, there would be no poverty, there would be no thievery, rape or murder, there would be no war, there would be no prejudice, there would be no mass global environmental destruction, there would be free public education for all and, if we truly put this theory into practice using our science and excess funds and abundance wisely, there would probably eventually be no physical or mental disease.  As an added benefit, other species would also be treated with due consideration and reverence, as respect for creation comes natural to people who treat other people fairly and equitably (Albert Schweitzer, for example). And though it may indeed be correct that the truth will make us free,²  the application of true justice and equality, in spite of over 5,000 years of education, continues to remain in the very great and distant "sweet by and by" of philosophical and ethical nirvana.

        It is an historical error to assume that loving our neighbor as ourselves is a religious Judeo-Christian concept, as the idea of treating other people as we ourselves wish to be treated is found universally throughout the civilization of our species (See Revolution, FootNote IV for more information), thus strongly indicating that Human and Civil Rights is a cry from the heart of all people who inhabit the earth.  Likewise, the reality of our modern education system in the United States remains not even rudimentary in either form or substance, for to not educate our species in the true morality of Human and Civil Rights and to purge the teaching of Isaiah, Jesus, Buddha, Lao-Tzu and Gandhi from the minds and conscience of our future hope is to eliminate true education and reason entirely and altogether.  And thus without historical doubt, to remove all hope for the record of the United States continuing to be other than a violent chronicle of war and rumor of war. *

 ...Itís been a long time cominí
    But I know, yes I know
    Change is gonna come"

Foundation Of Human Rights

Magna Carta

Declaration Of Independence

The Bill Of Rights

Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

U.S. Constitution Resource Links

DEDICATED TO:  President James Earl Carter, who perhaps more than any United States President (including Lincoln), understands and practices what matters in the real world of people acting, interacting and reacting on a global level.  Also dedicated to historian Ken Burns, whose well-researched video collections on a wide range of historical subjects everyone seems to thoroughly delight in, even those who otherwise do not appreciate the study of history at all; how much more our children would likely be to learn of our heritage if some of our high school and collegiate professors of erudite cobwebbed instructional archaism would borrow a tip or two from this dedicated and interesting professional.


1. Declaration Of Independence; Thomas Jefferson.

2. John 8:32; paraphrase

*FootNote:  Although the general ideal and concept of Human and Civil Rights may be agreed to by most rational human beings, the ability to apply economic, political and social justice into the actuality of our daily existence continues to escape the modern reality.  There is no proof whatsoever of the validity of the modern talk-show host commonly held assumption that more education is somehow, the all-encompassing panacea and salvation of humanity, as at the dawn of the 21st Century, many of our most educated individuals continue to apply their leadership and intellectual abilities toward profiting from the oppression, murder, rape and destruction of others.  Our modern civilization, dedicated to the ineffectual gods of science and education, remains an ongoing reality of war and rumor of war, with no end in sight other than the absolute probability of an eventual planetary Armageddon.  (See also The Way, The Tree of Knowledge, and Revolution for more information.)


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