Human Being Essay

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History of human beings

Under the traditional international law, human beings had no rights. After the atrocities of World War II, adjustments to the traditional definition had to be made, since individual human beings were not allowed to have any rights under traditional international law because they were said to be objects rather than subjects of that law. This concerned the state about the treatment of individuals. So, over the last 50 years, there has been an increasing recognition of human rights and obligations. Human beings have become subjects of international law in their own rights and is still an evolving process. However, there is a wide chasm between proclamations of lofty ...view middle of the document...

Why, you might ask. It is because of the fact that each of us need to feel belongingness and love. Prescott claims " human endowment requires a proper social context in which to come to it's measure of fulfillment" (Prescott 1971). Through Prescott we see that you can't be human without other human beings because an inherent part of being human is being a member of a community.

2nd reason.
Another historical reason why humans were not considered human beings is there were no laws stating who or what should be considered to be human therefore everyone had there own idea and concept of being human and it was most likely to be European decent which shows through their ruling and ownership of the indigenous land when they claimed it as there own. The enlightenment came by a few years later restoring human rights and developing a more better meaning for humans stating all are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.(Article 7)

3. Reflect upon the extent to which your “definition” may include/exclude certain people from being considered human and “assumptions” you held about the “meaning” of ‘Being Human’ at the commencement of this assignment.

In our personal and communal life we must be mindful that the way...

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