The human spirit is free, unfettered and timeless.
With the manifestation of space/time/causation, a multitude of individual egocentric souls are born.
Each soul has the ability to transcend the influence of relativity and experience the bliss of true freedom. Free spirit became individualized, so that it can experience itself.
Every day a new child is born of the Earth. The forces of nature animate the new body and offer it strength, love, and the prospect of a fruitful life.
Each new life wakes to the reality of our relative world. Already overshadowed by the illusion of space/time/causation, that free spirit now begins to perceive and define itself within the confines of individual body and mind.
Parents extend their love, a gentle caress, and protective benevolence. A child comes into the world via parents, but they are independent souls. They are in the protective custody of parents for a time, but they are free and not owned by any man or women.
Additional layers of enslavement are quickly placed on the newborn youngster. Cultural, race, gender and religious values are imposed. Training based on what is perceived to be right, and what is perceived to be wrong, as defined by respective societies, takes place. Each child is taught how to act, think, and evaluate the world.
Layer upon layer of mental constructs and restrictions have taken away the newborns freedom.
The sun shines everywhere the same. It does not hold back its life giving warmth and light. It is humanity that compartmentalizes behavior and action. We create and label as good or bad. Nature makes no such distinction.
After the enslavement of the mind by its identification with concepts and sensations, other human beings in position of power – impose their will upon people.
We are not free because other people want to control us and tell us what to think. They do this out of their own insecurity, limited vision, and impending sense of loss. They are not enlightened.
Big business with its money, Religion (Church, Mosque and Temple), and the Military constantly vie for domination of the masses of people. There are also a multitude of lesser players whose aim is to subjugate and bend your will to theirs.
So today we find that there is a cost for freedom and the attainment of full Human Rights. Until the consciousness of human beings transcend the binding influence of ego; there will be strife, suffering, and the continued suppression of people.
Human Rights for all …
The Four Freedoms as presented by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941, during his State of the Union address:
1. Freedom of speech and expression
2. Freedom of worship
3. Freedom from want
4. Freedom from fear
From the January 20, 1961, United States Presidential Address by John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
From Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech in Pretoria, South Africa, on May 10, 1994:
The time for the healing of the wounds has come.
The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.
The time to build is upon us.
We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
We succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace. We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just and lasting peace.
We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.
As a token of its commitment to the renewal of our country,the new Interim Government of National Unity will, as a matter of urgency, address the issue of amnesty for various categories of our people who are currently serving terms of imprisonment.
We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.
Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.
We are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness.
We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.
We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.
We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.
Let there be justice for all.
Let there be peace for all.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.
Let freedom reign.
The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!
God bless Africa!
Form a speech given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria, June 1993:
Human Rights and Universal Responsibility
“Our world is becoming smaller and ever more interdependent with the rapid growth in population and increasing contact between people and governments. In this light, it is important to reassess the rights and responsibilities of individuals, peoples and nations in relation to each other and to the planet as a whole. This World Conference of organizations and governments concerned about the rights and freedoms of people throughout the world reflects the appreciation of our interdependence. No matter what country or continent we come from we are all basically the same human beings. We have the common human needs and concerns. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering regardless of our race, religion, sex or political status. Human beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and in freedom. As free human beings we can use our unique intelligence to try to understand ourselves and our world. But if we are prevented from using our creative potential, we are deprived of one of the basic characteristics of a human being. It is very often the most gifted, dedicated and creative members of our society who become victims of human rights abuses. Thus the political, social, cultural and economic developments of a society are obstructed by the violations of human rights. Therefore, the protection of these rights and freedoms are of immense importance both for the individuals affected and for the development of the society as a whole.
“It is my belief that the lack of understanding of the true cause of happiness is the principal reason why people inflict suffering on others. Some people think that causing pain to others may lead to their own happiness or that their own happiness is of such importance that the pain of others is of no significance. But this is clearly short-sighted. No one truly benefits from causing harm to another being. Whatever immediate advantage is gained at the expense of someone else is short-lived. In the long run causing others misery and infringing upon their peace and happiness creates anxiety, fear and suspicion for oneself.
“The key to creating a better and more peaceful world is the development of love and compassion for others. This naturally means we must develop concern for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we are. In this respect, the non-governmental organisations have a key role to play. You not only create awareness for the need to respect the rights of all human beings, but also give the victims of human rights violations hope for a better future. When I travelled to Europe for the first time in 1973, I talked about the increasing interdependence of the world and the need to develop a sense of universal responsibility. We need to think in global terms because the effects of one nation’s actions are felt far beyond its borders. The acceptance of universally binding standards of human rights as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants of Human Rights is essential in today’s shrinking world. Respect for fundamental human rights should not remain an ideal to be achieved but a requisite foundation for every human society
David Cameron’s speech on the European court of human rights – Wednesday 25 January 2012
UK Commitment to Human Rights
First, I want to make something clear. Human rights is a cause that runs deep in the British heart and long in British history. In the thirteenth century, the Magna Carta set down specific rights for citizens, including the right to freedom from unlawful detention. In the seventeenth century, the Petition of Right gave new authority to Parliament; and the Bill of Rights set limits on the power of the monarchy.
By the eighteenth century it was said that: “this spirit of liberty is so deeply implanted in our constitution, and rooted in our very soil, that a slave the moment he lands in England, falls under the protection of the laws, and with regard to all natural rights becomes instantly a freeman.”
It was that same spirit that led to the abolition of slavery … that drove the battle against tyranny in two World Wars … and that inspired Winston Churchill to promise that the end of the “world struggle” would see the “enthronement of human rights”.
As he put it, victory in that war was the “victory of an ideal founded on the right of the common man, on the dignity of the human being, and on the conception of the State as the servant, not the master, of its people.” These beliefs have animated the British people for centuries – and they animate us today.
Vision of Humanity has published their 2012 Global Peace Index. Here is their ranking by country:
From most peaceful to least …
1. Iceland (the best)
3. New Zealand
13. Czech Republic
29. United Kingdom
36. Costa Rica
42. South Korea
46. United Arab Emirates
52. Sierra Leone
56. Burkina Faso
68. Macedonia (FYR)
87. Equatorial Guinea
88. United States of America
90. Dominican Republic
93. Papua New Guinea
94. Trinidad and Tobago
103. Sri Lanka
104. Republic of Congo
106. Saudi Arabia
111. El Salvador
127. South Africa
131. Kyrgyz Republic
134. Cote d’Ivoire
151. Central African Republic
152. North Korea
154. Democratic Republic of the Congo
158. Somalia (the worst)
Amnesty International keeps track of Human Rights around the world. Their report by Region and Country can be found at …
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom – has found the following …
United States Commission On International Religious Freedom
|Countries of Particular Concern – CPC||Recommended for CPC Designation||Watch List Countries –
Where serious violations of religious freedom are engaged in or tolerated by the government.
Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s flagship publication lists …
Political and Civil Liberties Status
Political and Civil Liberties Status
Political and Civil Liberties Status
Whether born rich or poor, healthy or sick, black or white, tall or short; everyone is valued and divine.
Bowing to cause and affect we weave complex life patterns. Some are beneficial, while others are not. Guard the freedoms that you already have, and work to extend them to others.
Nothing is sacrosanct, so challenge hypocrisy and dogma. Do not be afraid to question. As a caged bird takes flight when the door is open, so to open your heart and mind to all possibilities.
Liberty, freedom and full human rights are your birthright.
Strive in this lifetime to unfold your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual freedom.
Eternal bliss consciousness is the home of all that is and is not.
Since you can think and entertain thoughts, you can meditate. Locate the source of freedom at the seat of thought.
You have always been free, but the clouds of space/time awareness shroud that realization. Meditate every day to lift the fog of unknowing, and reclaim free unbounded eternal consciousness.