Where has the current ebb and flow of talk concerning “human rights”, “human dignity”, and “universal rights” come from? Where is it going and is talk of this nature in danger of going by the wayside? Is there a need to reform our legal and ethical speech in regard to human rights, indicating a deconstruction and reconstruction taking place in our moral frameworks, or ought we to defend and protect these and other related ideas from being carelessly polluted in the name of profiteering, ideologies, and “science” in the abstract?

Professor Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, has written a lovely brief article on the matter and, although not answering all the questions, demonstrates the need to have consideration of these topics at the forefront of our minds. I commend it to your reading.