Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The UDHR is 60!

"Instead of bemoaning the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights era has not yet made enough of a difference, let us work to make it make more of a difference. The mistake is to be utopian rather than meliorist in one's ambitions for doing so. The utopian despairs if perfection proves unattainable, but the meliorist — he who seeks to make things better, incrementally, cumulatively, tirelessly — can take new hope from every success, however small: the political prisoner freed, the military junta replaced by democracy, the tyrant brought to book before a court. In the 60 years since the adoption of the UDHR these things have happened, and they have happened because of the new sentiment it introduced to the world: that is the beginning of something not just better, but good. Rome, as they say, was not built in a day."—A.C. Grayling

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