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Declaration Of Human Duties And Responsibilities
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~ Idea 4977 ~
Following into the footsteps of the Declaration of Human Rights, there is now also a flourishing of Declarations of Human Duties and Responsibilities, and of rights of the Earth, of the animals and nature. I could see the following text at their beginning:
Thou shall love thy life as a true miracle, a gift, an act of God and of the cosmic forces of the universe.
Thy sacred duty shall be never to kill another human being who is a miracle like you.
Thou shall not destroy unnecessarily elements of the miraculous life forms of nature around you.
Thou shall respect and love all serving institutions from the local to the top of the world which defend, protect and promote love and care for our miraculous planet and all life forms on it, including the human race.
Thou shall be kind and loving toward all other human brothers and sisters irrespective of color, religion, nationality or position in the world.
Volume II - The Art of Personal Happy Living
Chapter 4 - Of Spirituality
During a very moving ceremony at the United Nations in December 1971, when he took leave from the UN staff in the great General Assembly hall, Secretary General U Thant, a Buddhist, suddenly put aside a written speech and said the following:
"As all of you must have been aware, I have certain priorities in regard to virtues and human values.
As far as I am concerned, an ideal man or an ideal woman is one who is endowed with four attributes, four qualities: physical qualities, intellectual qualities, moral qualities, and spiritual qualities. Of course, it is very rare to find a human being who is endowed with all these qualities but, as far as priorities are concerned,
I would attach greater importance to intellectual qualities over physical qualities.
I would attach stiller greater importance to moral qualities over intellectual qualities.
It is far from my intention to denigrate intellectualism or intellectual qualities but I am just trying to define my priorities.
I would attach greater importance to moral qualities or moral virtues over intellectual qualities or intellectual virtues — moral qualities like love, compassion, understanding, tolerance, the philosophy of live and let live, the ability to understand the other person's point of view, which are the key to all great religions.
And above all, I would attach the greatest importance to spiritual values, faith in oneself, the purity of one's inner self, which to me is the greatest virtue of all. With this approach, with this philosophy, with this concept alone, we will be able to fashion the kind of society we want, the kind of society which was envisaged by the founding fathers of the United Nations."
I have often returned to that statement and learned several lessons from it. I have come to believe that it contains indeed basic answers to many of our personal, social, national, and world problems.
UN News: UN Chronicle, United Nations News Service, UN Wire Archive
References: Earth Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Rights of: Children,Women,IndigenousP
To Be Written: Rights of Nature, Birds, Animals, Fish, etc.
WORD FOR THE DAY
We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
~ Howard Zinn
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