Human dignity is a fundamental concept that refers to the inherent worth and respect that every individual deserves, regardless of their social status, gender, religion, ethnicity, or any other characteristic. It is based on the understanding that all humans possess an intrinsic value simply by being human.
This concept is often viewed as the foundation of human rights. It implies that every person should be treated with respect and should have the opportunity to live a life of self-respect and dignity. The idea of human dignity also underlies the principle that no one should be subjected to degrading treatment or conditions.
Recognizing the intrinsic nature of human dignity is essential for fostering a just and equitable civilized society. It encourages us to see each other as equals, deserving of the same level of respect and consideration. This perspective is crucial for building social structures, laws, and policies that uphold the rights and welfare of all individuals without discrimination.
In various cultural, philosophical, and religious traditions, human dignity is often linked to the idea of a shared human essence or the existence of certain qualities or capabilities that are uniquely human. However, the concept goes beyond any specific attribute; it acknowledges the value inherent in each person’s existence.
Promoting and respecting human dignity involves recognizing the value of diversity, practicing empathy, and striving for fairness and justice in all interactions and societal structures. It’s about creating an environment where everyone can thrive and contribute meaningfully to society, free from oppression and marginalization.
Despite the usual rhetoric, most countries populate in a bubble full of political hot air with their definition of ethics and morality. Citizens of every country believe in the benefits of democracy. But democracy is as empty and unusable as a flat tire if respecting inherent human dignity without excluding anyone is not an essential part of cultural practice, traditions, religious beliefs, and the rule of law towards those considered “different.” Dehumanization, apartheidism, xenophobia, ethnic cleansing, and genocide comfortably co-exist with democracy, religious doctrines, and claims of belonging to high-tech “civilized society.”
Education or no education does not make any difference qualitatively, though quantitively, their veneer of civility is as thick as their apathy towards global dehumanization, human suffering, and crimes against humanity.
All believe in right and wrong, but none of the nations today know what human dignity is and what justice means. They all have governments, their perception of the rule of law, traditions, and cultures. They all have something to tout and drum up something to impress how civilized and technologically advanced they are, or how rich their national heritage is, etc. Yet no one is willing to air their dirty laundry or open their closets full of skeletons.
Intellectually and emotionally, they all have one thing in common: They believe in the lies they tell themselves and the world. They all believe that their emperor adorns new clothes daily. This delusional culture in every nation is so addicting that it nurtures fake national, traditional, and religious identity and exceptionalism. Such a narrow-minded worldview imbibes high levels of tolerance to hatred, violence, double standards, racism, xenophobia, extreme dehumanization, wars, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and apartheidism, with no iota of guilt. This pandemic chauvinistic cultural and religious cataract is now the number one threat that confronts the entire humanity. However, the more dehumanizing a nation is, the more expert they are in concocting political excuses to justify its brutal and Hitlerian policies. They rationalize these excuses as “natural challenges” in ensuring that these rights are extended equally to all, especially non-citizens like refugees, undocumented migrants, and even those who are indigenous inhabitants, even though they have different religions, ethnicities, or colors.
Building a critical mass requires persistence and a long-term commitment. It’s about changing hearts and minds, which doesn’t happen overnight. However, fostering a more inclusive and respectful society is possible with consistent effort and a strategic approach.