Monday, July 2, 2018

Human Rights, News And Updates...

A week ago (June 24) PRIDE wrapped up in Toronto with a little bit of grim weather unfortunately but it still went off as a success. I wasn't able to attend on the weekend but I did manage to take a walk through the Church Street community earlier in the week during their setup.

To me, much like any aspect of human rights, it represents the idea that in order to have the most profound impact with regard to making sure that everyone in society is treated fairly and has the same opportunities as their neighbours is that we get over this idea of only sticking up for your own.

Though most human rights movements really get underway when a subjugated segment of society bands together to move their own rights forward, the most progress is always made when everyone works together towards that end.

Not just by trying to make others into the proverbial bad people so that there is an obstacle to overcome that wasn't there before. I mean when people realize when the rights of one or more people in their population are being denied, and others who are not subject to the same mistreatment stand side by side with those denied their rights despite their differences.

One of the biggest obstacles to human rights is branding the rights of people according to their population segment as often this sets up social competition between different segments of the population who are in fact fighting for the same rights. It also results in most people "dancing" between protecting the rights of others according to their favourite brand in order to avoid the hate associated with avoiding rights altogether. In other words, those people's rights only matter as long as there is hate or the association of hate to be avoided by not contributing to their rights cause.

This can result in the branding of Women's rights versus Children's rights for example. Neither is the lesser, but by their being independently branded socially (not organizationally) they are and have been historically pit against one another for social attention when in fact they are part of the same issue, but with very different needs to be addressed.

Children's rights by and large have long been an issue in civilization as thanks to their smaller size and more flexible frame, they've been more able to perform tasks of which adults are nearly incapable. For instance, working in mines where they could fit into tight spaces. Working as chimney sweeps for the same reasons. Working for a lower wage as they could not produce an adult's quantity of output. Sexual exploitation as well including child marriages. Their primary rights issues have most always been related to exploitation.

Women's rights have both been about exploitation and denial of access to opportunities to which their masculine counterparts have always had full rights. Upon achieving that access as their due right, they historically were denied equal payment for work that required the same job skills as their male counterparts. Once again, as with Children they both have human rights that must be addressed though the issues are not quite the same.

Now we come to the Men in society who've for the most part been cast as the bad guys so to speak, though depending upon whether they were part of a human rights brand themselves or not. In other words, if you were a man whom was associated with being a victim of human rights abuse, you were not a part of the bad guys brand. That ultimately left many Men who were essentially good people and certainly believed in the rights of both Women and Children painted as the bad people, just because they weren't part of a human rights brand. Essentially being denied fair treatment because of not being a part of a human rights brand which is hypocrisy.

Historically the rights of most people in civilization were gained through the combined efforts of those whose rights were being denied, and those who sided with them whom often were not essentially of their human rights brand or of any human rights brand. In other words human rights has always been progressed most by the people sticking up for others regardless of their differences from each other. By making human rights issues into social brands we're actually turning human rights into a system of bifurcation, pitting the rights of one population segment against another, and ultimately pitting those who are part of a human rights brand against those who aren't.

Branding in the social sense is not the same thing as a charitable organization that represents a particular issue. Social branding is more about the social aspects of how one identifies with one clique versus another, and involves social and peer pressure for and against a variety of social brands and which often relate to human rights issues, hence making the segment of the population which is affected by those human rights issues into a social brand. Charitable organizations need brand identification in order to spread their message. That's much different than social branding.

The LGBTQ community is one such population segment and often one of the few segments that has struggled for support from those outside of its social brand or clique and mostly because of prejudice founded around the idea that we are what we stick up for. In fact this idea and concept is perhaps one of the biggest violations of human rights there is. The denial of one's own identity when defending the rights of another. I'm certain that this sort of thing occurs to prevent others from standing up for the rights of certain human rights brands.

The issue is not about being labeled as whom you're standing up for. Its more fundamental than that. The issue is about being denied your own identity. If you have a friend from the LGBTQ community and you invited them to a party with your other friends, would you ever ask them to pretend to be straight just to avoid embarrassing you? Would you ask your girlfriend to pretend to be a Man, just because you want to ensure that there's no Women's rights issues? Would you ever ask a friend of yours who is of a different culture to pretend to be your culture just to avoid embarrassment? Hopefully you answered no to all of these hypothetical questions. So when you stand up for the rights of others, then why is it that you must give up your own identity?

Almost every case of human rights progress includes the work of many people who fall outside of the human rights brand whose rights are being defended. If a person is expected to give up their own identity when defending the rights of others, then no rights have been furthered because while someone may have gained their rights thanks to the defense of someone, that human rights defender has lost their right to their identity, while progressing someone else's human rights. By simple math it is easy to see that no progress in such a case has been made.

During the time that I had my PRIDE banner posted on this site, I was subject to a lot of mistreatment but I kept it up there for the duration regardless much the same as much of the content here relates to Women's rights and the Men with whom they team up to defend such rights from a variety of threats, some super powered, others other worldly and supernatural. I stand by my ideals as I always have, though when I defend someone else's rights, I don't give up my own nor do I give up my identity as that completely defeats the purpose.

I don't believe that anyone else should either as that is most certainly not progress.

Wiki Sites

In case you haven't noticed, I've added a new feature to this site and that involves creating a corresponding Wiki site for A Lady's Prerogative, The Butterfly Dragon and Stories From The End. If you want to learn more about the worlds that these books take place in and the characters, check out the links on the left side of the site or click the links above. They're still under construction but they should go up pretty rapidly as most of my reference material is in pretty good order.

To all of you Americans out there, I'd also like to wish you a Happy 4th of July! To all of you Mexicans just hanging out in Texas for the 4th of July party, don't forget the Tequila.

Oh and by the way. None of this is polarity reversed. I've always believe in sincerity before polarity.


Brian Joseph Johns
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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