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5 - Human Rights Are the Measure of Our Humanity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 December 2021

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim
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Emory University, Atlanta
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The conclusion I find appropriate and credible for this book should be about practical action instead of theoretical abstraction. With human rights as the ultimate measure of our humanity, our focus should be on strategies for action by the most inclusive measures. Working on cultural transformation requires engaging issues of public ethic and socializing children to instill appropriate values of transparency and accountability in public service. The key factor in this process of cultural transformation is the intuitive and spontaneous manner by which the promoters of these values practice what they preach. The object should be to internalize and promote values of compassion and empathy with minorities and marginalized communities. Yet, the objective should never be to excel or prevail over others because that will diminish the communal values needed to accomplish the task.

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Print publication year: 2021

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