Mini-Series on Human Rights Part One

Mini-series on the 30 Articles of Human Rights contained in the charter of the United Nations.

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.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Have you ever tried to eat un-popped popcorn? Why does it pop? The kernels actually have moisture inside them. When the temperature rises, steam is created and eventually the shell can no longer imprison what’s inside anymore. Now it is able to contribute to your appetite and body.  When the atmosphere is right, then its potential is released. When you watch popcorn pop, you realize all of that was being held hostage inside. When honor becomes the national atmosphere, then freedom of expression can flourish and innovation emerges to improve society.

Freedom rides on the back of a culture that values all human life as equal regardless of color, race, religion, and ethnicity. A culture is the product of an environment where things grow or die. When citizens cease living under the threat of persecution for their skin color, religion, or social status, then the prison of fear is broken and exploration into a better future begins.

Another example

Fish seem to be the dumbest creatures – they can’t walk, talk, use their hands, or fly…. But when I put it in water it swims better than any other creature on earth. Their genius emerges. When you put someone in the right environment there is no end to the possibilities. Innovation and development do not emerge where there is no equal value of human life.


There is no room for tiered systems of human value in a civilized world. If a person is of a certain color they become expendable, or if they are of a different religious faith they deserve persecution. Leadership and governments of the world that promote such an ideology is divorcing their constitutions from the reality lived within their borders. 193 nations of the world have adopted the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. If truly adhered to… cultures and environments of the world will begin to see human potential unleashed to heights beyond the surly bounds of the status quo.

Reuben Egolf

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s