What kind of a world would it be without disparity?
It isn’t a mystery that beings by their very nature are made up of selfish parts that would go to any extent to prolong their survival and thrive. They do not think twice to end a life to further their own. From a spider gulping up a fly to ruthless dictators killing millions, the cosmos has always kept the fact that the ego’s greed and the quest for limitless power has no conclusion all around us. Thus, disparity becomes an unavoidable element of mother nature and so does equilibrium. There is no solution without a problem, there is no oppressed without the oppressor, there is no equilibrium without disparity and there are no rights without violations.
The least surprising thing is that Humans are probably the most notorious amongst all beings for going to maniacal extremes to tame their greed. We as beings tend to find rather obscure reasons to supplement this nature. The history books tell us that the Ottoman Turks targeted millions of Armenian Christians during World War 1 as they did not prescribe to a certain religion, The German Nazi regime murdered 6,000,000 in the name of “ethnic cleansing” and The Modern day North Korean communist regime in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has deprived their own people of almost all basic needs using faux supernatural reasons. Close to home, there have been records of police using their legitimate power rather, illegitimately and politicians swindling money in copious amounts.
While these oceans of greed swallow up little ponds of needs, nature calls for the restoration of equilibrium.
The most basic human rights which are recognized as required for bare survival are the Right to Life, freedom from torture, equality, privacy, family, work, education, expression and religion. Without this mere survival would be a struggle away. These rights are made with an objective to simply protect the essential needs of helpless people from those who possess the power to irrationally ruin their livelihood for personal gains which is against the very heart of natural justice.
The 21st century has seen the dawn of human consciousness along with elements such as media, technology and transportation. Awareness of the intricacies of human dignity is on a whole new pedestal and representation of the oppressed has gained center stage. While it’s pretty inarguable that the basic instincts of humans have not changed, the means through which the authoritarian groups managed to control the general crowd has become a complex affair. Groups like The Taliban and ISIS have a claimed a share in power, predominantly through access to heavy weaponry that has been developed in the 21st century. Hacking groups like The Croatian Revolutionary Hackers and Cicada 3301 have curbed the power dynamics to their favor by tapping into secret government and private information.
While people are hogging for dominance, the ones on the receiving end have no other option but to rely on their basic human rights. The need for Human Rights has never been this important. The following elements form the structure of the Heart of Human Rights.
The first one is Democracy. Democracy is more than just participating in the election. It is about the voice of the people echoing across spheres and phases of every decision made in the country. Democracy must seep its way into economic and social life. It demands accountability from the government to the people at the grassroots directly and must exist everywhere from houses to workplaces. The second one is Self-determination. While a country having the sovereignty is a very important aspect of self-determination, it only forms a part of self-determination. The other part is filled up by the authority given to internal groups in order to determine how a state function. What is essential is that all peoples have the right to cultural, political, social and religious self-expression, taking into consideration also Resolution 1514 of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The third one is the Freedom of Expression and Thought. This building block holds the most relevance in this day and age. While the voices of the oppressed are muted and those who question those at the center of power are incarcerated, these voices generally manage to reach the people through the right avenues. On the other hand, the Authoritarians have their own houses of expression to favor their ideologies and needs. The fourth one is formed by Anti- Militarization. In countries like Djibouti and North Korea, the Military have a firm grip over how the society function, thus preventing the people from living a life they would ideally like to live. Any activity from any person that contravenes the norms prescribed by the government usually leads to abnormally gross punishment. This is an element that curbs the natural will of the people. The fifth one is the Rule of law which puts the law before the person. Any person breaking the law faces the same consequences and irrespective of an individual who is harmed or convicted, justice will be served all the same. The sixth one is the abolition of the death penalty. The most basic right of a human being is the right to life. Thus, abolition of such punishment takes forth the objective of human rights. The seventh one is Anti-Racism, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and ethnic violence which has undoubtedly gained worldwide attention after the Black Lives Matter issue, the power dynamics based on skin color is shifting significantly as the primitive rationales come down crumbling. The eighth is protection of Minority rights and Indigenous people’s rights. Every society is mix of majorities and minorities and indigenous and people from other places. All of these elements of the society must have a firm grip over self-determination of the state and must have opportunities to push for representation. Refugees and displaced persons like the Rohingyas from Myanmar have found their homes in Bangladesh and India, where they were welcomed to a large extent. These sectors have the potential to occupy a very productive sphere in the society. The rights of children and women must take center stage. The newest eye opener has been the rights given to lesbian, gay and bisexuals.
Equilibrium is probably just a mirage and Disparity might prevail forever or as the optimists believe, “the equilibrium” isn’t an impossible dream after all. The Human Rights take us closer to equilibrium of natural justice, for who knows, it might not be that far away from now.
What kind of a world would it be without disparity?