Monday, April 26, 2010

Universal Declaration of Human Rights


When at last there are those who are able to become “educated,” that is, able to “be themselves”,… when the time has come not only to vote and be counted in elections, but to count and to be taken into account,… then the immense powers of the media unfurl their wings to reduce those citizens to mere passive spectators, to indifferent witnesses who can be activated and deactivated with Pavlov’s famous bell.

Until one day, after years and years of fragile and manipulative democracies, modern communications technology arrives with the possibility of building in cyberspace what “real life” has here-to-fore been able to prevent. With mobile phones and internet we can now change a reality that has been obstinately formed and remains unperturbed. We can now mobilize millions of human beings capable at last of joining their voices and wishes, to prompt a peaceful but steadfast rebellion, which the guardians of inertia and privilege, of the storehouses of the past, never allowed us to even dream of.

And this is because they ignore the next paragraph of the Preamble of the Universal Declaration: “Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law…”. Anything that subjugates and reduces human beings must be eliminated to prevent a justified popular uprising among those who have suffered so much and continue to do so.