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Mission Impossible: Universal Civil Rights Essay

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Mission Impossible: Universal Civil Rights
Imagine a world where everyone is accepted for who they are and they don’t have to worry about being judged by the world around them. In Kenji Yoshino’s “Preface” and “The New Civil Rights” he talks about creating a new civil rights which would do just that except just for North America. He promotes not covering, putting on a façade, to start this process. One place where we could begin being ourselves is online, by collaborating everyone’s intrinsic ideas, according to Marshall Poe’s “The Hive”. But not everyone one has a computer. That’s when Thomas Friedman’s “The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention” comes out to publicize supply chains which are ...view middle of the document...

Some people that should be included in civil rights are not because of these so called “sins”. Things like being transgender, addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, sex before marriage, abortions of children not wanted, pregnancy contraceptives and others are frowned upon as well in religions. Religions have pressured sinning people to be their false selves to help make them be accepted by the majority instead of being their true, authentic selves. Yoshino says, “In looking for a vocabulary for this quest for authenticity…object-relations theorist D.W. Winnicott makes a distinction between a True Self and a False Self that usefully tracks the distinction between the uncovered and covered selves. The True Self is the self that gives an individual the feeling of being real, which is ‘more than existing; it is finding a way to exist as oneself, and to relate to objects as oneself, and to have a self into which to retreat for relaxation.’ The True Self is associated with human spontaneity and authenticity: ‘Only the True Self can be creative and only the True Self can feel real.’ The False Self, in contrast, gives an individual a sense of being unreal, a sense of futility. It mediates the relationship between the True Self and the world (482).” If getting these true selves to be supported by religions is hard, then creating a Universal civil rights is going to be even harder because that’s just one step to getting it passed around the world.
Cultures have a powerful impact on what people do in their daily lives. The way we have grown up in our own home could be a different culture then at your neighbor’s house. Examples of these cultures are gathering around at your dinner table, watching your family’s' fights, discussions, and habits, and taking notice of their terms of endearment. If we tried to bring a universal civil rights to places with a definite culture setting, we’d be messing with the balance of their traditions. They would probably disagree with our new proposals because that would mean changing their way of life. We might even have to change our way of life as well. Friedman suggests that, “Once people get a taste for whatever you want to call it – economic independence, a better lifestyle, and a better life for their child or children – they grab on to that and don’t want to give it up (126).” These changes...

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