Human Rights, Pt. 2 (or, It’s our world, let’s take it back.)

Okay, no winners in the H.R. quiz.

Correct answers:

  1. “The state of nature is governed by a law that creates obligations for everyone. And reason, which is that law, teaches anyone who takes the trouble to consult it, that because we are all equal and independent, no-one ought to harm anyone else in his [sic]life, health, liberty, or possessions.”

Source: John Locke: Second Treatise of Government

2.  “Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood[sic]….Article 3 Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

Source: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

3. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [sic] 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Source: U.S. Declaration of Independence

Bonus question: Name the author of this quote (and don’t pooh-pooh the answer)…

“It is a pity, but Universal Peace will hardly come as the result of universal preparedness for war, as these dear people seem to hope. It will only come as the result of a universal feeling that war is the most babyish and laughably idiotic thing that this poor world has evolved. Our writer says sadly that there is no hope of doing without armies—we are not angels. It is not a question of “not being angels,” it is a question of not being childish lunatics. Possibly there is no hope of either, but I think we might make an effort.”

Anybody ready to start a movement (or join those already underway)?


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