Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Terror, Horror and Human Rights Redux

As many of you may know, I have agreed to write on a schedule for two different blogs. I call those efforts "columns." I write what is loosely called Friday Philosophy, which publishes at 6pm Eastern on Fridays at Docudharma and Gender Prison, which publishes at 6:30pm Eastern at Voices on the Square on Tuesdays. I also republish those submissions to Daily Kos, etc. Readership of my efforts is rarely large at the first two blogs.

This effort tonight then can be thought of an edition of Gender Prison, since it is Tuesday. The gist of tonight's effort was originally published for Friday evening. Actually it was posted on Thursday night for publishing on Friday evening. But when one writes a timed column, one has to be aware that events can occur to render it nearly invisible. Such was the case with this piece on Friday. While I was away from my computer proctoring a final exam in my College Algebra and Trigonometry class, all Hell broke loose at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newtown, CT.

I considered unpublishing the diary at the time, but then I got busy and it published without my intervention.

I felt at the time it was important, as it concerns human rights and all. So I'm going to give it a bit of a rewrite and another shot. One change will be to the order of the material, so the more gruesome, possibly triggering material has been moved to the end.

Eight days ago, on December 10, was Human Rights Day internationally. We don't celebrate it much in the United States because it is a United Nations thing. And you know, our country is something exceptionally separate from the planet on which we live. Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.


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