HUMAN rights is one of the concepts that many governments and NGOs around the world are promoting today.
Their aim is to promote human dignity and allow one to exercise their will power (rights) without fear or favor.
We talk about human rights because as human beings we have a divine will power to do, think, feel and say anything as we wish.
But what we often ignore or misunderstand is that our will power has a potential to suppress other people’s will power.
Let us say their human rights.
In practice, we often unrealise that the concept of human rights is contradicting itself.
It is like a win-lose situation. For instance, if you are allowed to fully exercise your human rights, you will actually cause your friend to sacrifice his/her rights (will power). In other words, he/she loses and you win.
The opposite happens when both of you reciprocate the human rights concept.
So there is no balance in human rights concept. I believe that a lot of issues in the family such as violence against women and girls is because of the conflict created by the human rights concept.
This is especially dangerous when the man is in the losing end.
Remember, the greatest inequality is to make unequal things become equal.
That includes man and woman.
I want to introduce a concept of ‘human responsibility’ as a solution to the problem created by the human rights concept.
What I mean by human responsibility is to do to others what they deserve from you.
In other words, let your actions create room for them to exercise their will power. I am not saying that you will sacrifice your will power. No.
The point is, you have to give in order to receive. That means that the receiver will have to give to the giver what he/she deserve when the process is reciprocated.
So at the end, both of you are happy because no one loses in the process.
I think the society needs people who practice human responsibility rather than human rights.
If only we talk about human responsibility, we will be able to meet the needs of our friends without fear or favor, and at the same time meet our needs, when the process is reciprocated.
Just imagine how life in the community will look like if we practice ‘human responsibility’ rather than human rights.
I believe life will be more enjoyable, smart and healthier because no one will be denied of exercising his/her will power (rights).
The concept of human responsibility has the balance in it.
Ponsie Yasaro, Morobe Patrol Post