13 April, 2008
The mind comes slowly to the boggle
The problem with the European concept of human rights, however well-intentioned, is twofold. Firstly, it exists in a European, or "Western" bubble; it assumes a world that has European standards and aspirations. Secondly, it exists in an idealized and absolutist vacuum; there is a concept of rights for the individual, but there is no countervailing concept of responsibilities, resources or even, effectively, the rights of others. The very concept of rights is insidious; as it inculcates an attitude of entitlement without responsibility or effort.