It’s in the constitution of every democratic country today. It also what occupies numerous national, non governmental and multilateral institutions : fundamental human rights and freedoms. They are in the manner of how a council of monkeys will resolve when they suddenly find themselves liberated of fear from higher predators in their midst.
What happens in the courts of law which adjudicates on related issues or upon complaints of breach ranges from the foolish to the ridiculous that yet pass the muster of law. The right to freedom to snore in sleep is found to contravene the right of a spouse to sleep in silence : enough to be a ground for divorce. The rights of a child supercedes the rights of a loving parent to raise their progeny as they deem culturally fit. The right of a government to snoop conflicts with an individual’s right to privacy…
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The law seems necessary but limiting to our evolution on to being a community of compassionate people. It is enough for us to mind our own business. But that has made the family redundant. Now who in the world would support all these people who have erred, not criminally but out of naivete, and are weak enough to be classified as ‘mentally disadvantaged’ ? There is no law to enforce the Right To Compassion.
So what would ? Life today is culturally structured to cause one to flow from secular education into a career, economy or business. If the person just minds his own business, there is nothing in law to lead into concerns about his wasting brother, who is an adult and must therefore take care of himself and his own. Only, he can’t. At first, he couldn’t judge things right and, secondly, he wasn’t smart. He was just honest, sincere and could be trusted. No ambitious employer or business owner will take him on a salary that would pay for a decent living. He is surrounded by law-abiding, upright and unimpeachable citizens.
The law then sounds like those quality standards, to be achieved through Go — NO GO control. It would enable some, for the monkeys, to prevent their fall back into chaos. But no more.
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Is there a culture in which we could have the Right To Compassion and restoration of compassionate families ? There were such communities of culture over a long period in past…
“This is the age of Science and Rationalism. If there is one scripture, which is highly rational and challenges the human being to experiment upon himself, it is the Upanishads! Throughout its pages, one finds this theme running like a thread – Tad Vijijnasasva – find out for yourself. No wonder the rational minds of western philosophers brought up on the thought processes of the Age of Reason have found the Upanishads a gold mine of spirituality. When Swami Vivekananda was once asked why one should study the Vedas and the Upanishads, he said, “To get rid of superstitions.” This is precisely what appeals to the modern mind. It is not only philosophers of the East and the West who have experienced it. Scientists too are discovering in the Upanishads a way out of the predicament which quantum physics finds itself in as to the role of Consciousness in natural phenomena. A trend set off by Erwin Schrodinger in the 1930’s and 40’s has now gained momentum and is now engrossing the minds of scientists, as evidenced by the large number of seminars and conferences in India and around the world on the comparison of Scientific and Upanishadic principles. The fearless uncompromising pursuit of truth is, after all, what binds these two disciplines together so strongly.
“What is the message of the Upanishads to the modern mind? One cannot do better than to quote Swami Vivekananda, “Let me tell you that we want strength, strength and every time strength. And the Upanishads are the great mine of strength. Therein lies strength enough to invigorate the whole world; the whole world can be vivified, made strong, energised through them. They will call with trumpet voice upon the weak, the miserable and the downtrodden of all races, all creeds, and all sects, to stand on their own feet and be free. Freedom, physical freedom, mental freedom and spiritual freedom are the watchwords of the Upanishads.”
“The modern world is in the throes of a cultural crisis. We do not know whether we are steadily progressing towards a better tomorrow or tumbling helplessly to an inevitable destruction. No wonder, many thinkers have started paying attention to the eternal values of ancient cultures. The Upanishadic culture and philosophy of life stand out like a beacon light beckoning us to make a better world for ourselves. The message is there. All that is needed is the will.”
(Extract quoted from article featured at http://www.eng.vedanta.ru/library/vedanta_kesari/upanishadic_culture.php)