Human Rights were an important part of the Enlightenment. And we still like to think of ourselves as enlightened. But the 19th Century was dominated by Industrialization – which was hardly enlightened. And resulted in the atrocities of the first half of the 20th.
I was born then (in 1936) and I can testify that is was a very bad time. But also a time when no one noticed this. Reading some family history, I can see that my relatives back then had no idea what was going on – and didn’t want to know. It was that bad – and that profitable.
We now live in the Computer Age – where once again, no one knows what is going on. Our minds were left in the past (shaped by the Enlightenment) – while our bodies were taken over by TV and the Computer (which many people perceive as the same thing). I am serious about this – we had moved outside of ourselves – into the outer-space of TV and the Internet.
For practical purposes – we have no minds, don’t want any, and don’t need any – because our smartphones (that are intimately connected to the Internet) can do our thinking for us. Much better than we can – because they have much more information to work from.
It makes no sense to talk of Human Rights any longer.