Human Rights

“Human Rights”: An illogical construct conceived once upon a time by a narcissist who was so insecure, they refused to share Earth with all the other species.  They wanted to divide Earth, into what is “yours”, and what is “mine”.  And of course, they wanted to have the biggest share of Earth, or maybe all of it, why not? This wasn’t really about safeguarding “rights”.  It was more about securing privileges.

As the list of “rights” became more and more elaborate, the human species eventually got together and awarded itself a long, long list of privileges: More than 193 countries ratified the Declaration of Human Rights, safeguarding the right to food, housing, education, health and stipulating that all individuals that belong to the human species should be treated equally: with fairness, dignity and respect. 

But, given that the Human Rights Act was conceived, written, decided upon and voted by humans and only humans, the other 8 million species who shared this planet were left out.  They in fact had absolutely no “rights” whatsoever: no right to a habitat that they can call home.  No right to a food source that won’t be depleted by humans. No right to their safety and well-being, not even the right to exist, to continue as a species on Earth.   

The Human Rights Act is not only the legitimization of the tyranny of humans on Earth.  It is simply illogical.  This is a planet that operates by the open sharing of resources, not by rights of ownership or privilege.  What is a loss for one species, is a gain for another and vice versa. Selfish, independent actors that want everything for themselves are quickly sussed out by the ecosystem, and always punished in the end. 

The Earthnet of Things has its eyes and ears out, and it is watching. And it has already decided: these are not human rights.  These are crimes.

(from the upcoming “Little Book of Doom”)

George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books

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