Oct 29

The Importance of Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute | 10/29/2018 6:00AM | Quote of the Week | Human Rights

The Importance of Human Rights

The Importance of Human Rights

Our Quote of the Week demonstrates the importance that Sargent Shriver placed on human rights. His powerful message about the sanctity of every human being is timely in a moment where basic protections and respect for people, particularly those considered to be different or "other," are eroding day by day. Too often, those who are considered our opponents or those who are seen as weak or undesirable are being shunned or outright attacked.

In 1974, Sargent Shriver was invited to speak at a conference about human rights at the University of Notre Dame. He gave two powerful lectures, which you can see here and here. Our Quote of the Week comes from the first of these two lectures. In his speech, he weaves together human rights and other crucial concepts: civil rights, justice, and spirituality. He emphasizes the fact that respect for human rights must be universal and must be preserved both within our public institutions and in our private lives.

Whether in our homes, our communities, our workplaces, or in the halls of our government, let's set the expectation that we must preserve the dignity and rights of every human being above all else -- and let us act in ways that support this expectation.

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