Emotions And Its Effects On Human Rights

1344 WordsNov 17, 20156 Pages
Eliciting emotional responses is often used to extend human rights and can be done without infringing on existing rights. The legitimacy of these emotional influences depends on their methods, particularly which emotions are utilized. Patriotism is a necessary start to a movement like this where the aim is to emotionally bond to strangers and entire separate communities in order to recognize their rights. When emotions are legitimately used, they won’t infringe on human rights because the emotions will modify a community’s collective perception on what their rights are. While some privileges of the wealthy, high class, and high status would be forfeited, the new emotional connection to other communities should cause them to value others’ rights above their own privileges. Emotions can be used “to discourage persons, groups, or institutions that reject or violate human rights from doing so, perhaps by eliciting their sympathy or respect, or alternatively by generating in them some form of fear” (Gregg 128). The legitimacy depends on how emotions are used. From this divide of either empathy or fear being the basis for emotionally-influenced human rights, only those rights evoked by empathy will be legitimate. Empathizing with others does more than just allot them rights, but it actually changes the values of individuals in the community to believe they deserve those rights. Fifty years ago, the queer community was nearly entirely rejected. Sympathizing with queer people, such
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