Humane Rights and Responsibilities

Primary Goal

Effectively, efficiently and ethically maximize the well-being of all human beings alive now and in the future.

The Right to Experience Well-Being

All of the other rights and responsibilities are just because they equally support and protect every human being’s right and ability to experience well-being. These rights and responsibilities belong to all human beings who choose to accept them and do not depend on the permission of any other human being.

The right to create well-being The right to protection from ill-being
  • The responsibility to respect everyone’s right to create and experience well-being
  • The responsibility to understand the nature of well-being
  • The responsibility to understand how to create well-being for oneself and others
  • The responsibility to do this without creating ill-being
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from ill-being
  • The responsibility to understand the nature of ill-being
  • The responsibility to understand how to protect oneself and others from ill-being
  • The responsibility to do this without reducing well-being
The right and responsibility to partially delegate one’s right to protect oneself and others from ill-being to a government when a human being lives among other human beings
  • Governments derive their legitimacy from the citizenry i.e. every human being within its jurisdiction who has a legal right to citizenship
  • Governments exist because some human beings erroneously believe they have the right to create well-being for themselves and others by creating ill-being for others and the combined effort of all the citizens is the strongest force to resist them
  • Each citizen delegates (but never abdicates) part of his right and responsibility to protect himself and others from ill-being to the government
  • The government, in turn, has the right and responsibility to protect every citizen from those who would create well-being for themselves by creating ill-being for others
  • Each citizen retains his right to protect himself and others from ill-being when the agents of the government fail to do so or are unable to do so
  • Whenever the agents of the government fail to do their duty, every citizen has the right to demand that the agents perform their function or be replaced by those who will
  • Because no human being possesses the right to create well-being for herself by creating ill-being for any other human being – citizen or non-citizen alike, no government has the authority to claim that right
The right to exist The right to not exist
  • The responsibility to respect others right to exist
  • The responsibility to respect others right to not exist
The right to reproduce The right to not reproduce
  • The responsibility to be a good parent
  • The responsibility to protect everyone from the disastrous effects of overpopulation
  • The responsibility to respect others right to not reproduce
  • The responsibility to use effective contraception
  • The responsibility to respect others right to exist
The right to absolute autonomy when negative impacts cannot occur for anyone The right to contingent autonomy when behavior may have negative impacts on co-actors or non-actors
  • the responsibility to respect the autonomy of others
  • the responsibility to respect the autonomy of others
  • the responsibility to protect others from negative impacts
The right to use essential resources (need to haves) The right to use non-essential resources (nice to haves)
  • The responsibility to respect others right to use essential resources
  • The responsibility to produce essential resources
  • The responsibility to use essential resources effectively, efficiently and ethically
  • The responsibility to use no more than necessary to create well-being
  • The responsibility to respect others right to non-essential resources
  • The responsibility to produce non-essential resources
  • The responsibility to do so without reducing essential resources
  • The responsibility to use non-essential resources effectively, efficiently and ethically
  • The responsibility to use no more than necessary to create well-being
The right to effective, efficient and ethical use of public resources The right to effective, efficient and ethical use of private resources
  • The responsibility to use public resources effectively, efficiently and ethically
  • The responsibility to use private resources effectively, efficiently and ethically
The right to kindness The right to protection from unkind behavior
  • The responsibility to respect others right to kindness
  • The responsibility to treat others with kindness especially when you disagree with them
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from unkind behavior
  • The responsibility to educate others about the damage that unkind behavior does
The right to peace
  • The responsibility to respect others right to peace
  • The responsibility to reject violent behaviors
  • The responsibility to create the conditions that support peace
  • The responsibility to boycott activities that do not support peace
The right to a healthy environment
  • The responsibility to respect others right to a healthy environment
  • The responsibility to create a healthy environment
  • The responsibility to boycott activities that reduce the health of the environment
What other rights?
  • The right to use reason, logic and the scientific method to form one’s beliefs
  • The right of all to be guided by wisdom, justice, truth and compassion
  • The right to peacefully disagree with the beliefs of others
  • The right to vote for one’s chosen non-predatory representatives
  • The right to vote for non-predatory behaviors
  • The right to know these rights and responsibilities
  • The right to communicate non-predatory beliefs, ideas
  • The right to compassionate consideration for one’s interests
  • The right to equal consideration for one’s interests
  • The right to peacefully oppose predatory activities
  • The right to privacy for non-predatory activities
  • The right to refuse to participate in or support predatory activities
  • The right to develop ones non-predatory abilities
  • The right to fair and impartial judicial decisions
  • The right to healthy food
  • The right to safe water
  • The right to clothing
  • The right to a home
  • The right to a quality education
  • The right to quality healthcare
  • The right to wisdom
  • The right to safe working conditions
  • The right to a dignified occupation that supports your autonomy
  • The right to protection from predatory behavior
  • The right to protection from scapegoating
  • The right to protection from disease
  • The right to a compassionate death
  • The right to protection from violence
  • The right to protection from hate
  • The right to protection from theft
  • The right to protection from psychological abuse
  • The right to protection from sexual abuse
  • The right to unconditional self-acceptance
  • The right to protection from economic abuse
  • The right to protection from social abuse
  • The right to protection from environmental abuse
  • The right to a preferred non-predatory sexual orientation
  • The right to preferred consensual friends
  • The right to preferred non-predatory religious beliefs
  • The right to preferred consensual productive activities
  • The right to a preferred consensual romantic partner
  • The right to be informed when a right has been or might be violated
  • The right to compensation when a right is violated
  • The right to peacefully protect these rights
  • The right to an equal share of these rights
  • The right to unalienable possession of these rights
What other responsibilities?
  • The responsibility to contribute to the production of essential resources
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from predatory behavior
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from scapegoating
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from disease
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from violence
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from hate
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from psychological abuse
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from economic abuse
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from social abuse
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from environmental abuse
  • The responsibility to respect oneself and others right to a compassionate death
  • The responsibility to protect oneself and others from sexual abuse

The Nature of Humane Rights and Responsibilities

  • They exist to maximize everyone’s well-being
  • They exist to protect everyone from negative impacts
  • Their value comes from their ability to create well-being for everyone
  • They are violated whenever they are used to justify predatory behavior on anyone
  • They are violated when they are ignored
  • They work because we use them and protect them
  • They are shared equally by every human being who accepts them
  • A right to something is a permission to do or expect something
  • A right to something is not a right to do anything one wants with something

Still not convinced these rights are better? Then you’ll have to use the rights of human predators instead.

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