Human responsibility


Whilst calling in at Occupy Berlin I observed article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control”

Observing this article, and in light of our Human Rights MakerLab, I felt motivated in this space of discussion and conjecture to write:

“everyone has the responsibility to build it”.

I believe the same can be said of all our Human Rights – each comes with a responsibility to our fellow man, to ensure that the rights we desire to enjoy as a society are preserved or attained.

Our culture of consumption and deferment of power has cultivated a sense of entitlement without responsibility. If we are to ever enjoy a world where our collective rights are enjoyed and preserved, it will only arise from the conscious action of everyone.

Our rights are directly connected to our responsibilities. As well as demanding our rights, we need to also embrace our responsibilities, this document could do with some additions, but it’s a good start.



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