The Big Think

March 12, 2012

The Trials of Job

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:04 am

Rex Murphy: The human right to convenient parking:

“Well, all of us know what a trauma it can be when one or more of your side-mirrors gets dinged. On the scale of oppression and misery it’s even worse than a flailing, about-to-fall-off wiper, and just short of an oil pan leak — milestones of grief and torment both. So, as the Post’s editorial board detailed, and columnist Matt Gurney ever so industriously expanded upon, the much beset Ms. Howson went to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, pleading — obviously — a diminishment of her human rights.

Ms. Howson is herself a former investigator for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, so she brings to this matter an expertise that only first-hand exposure to the nebulous clouds of current human rights thinking can supply…

In Canada recently, human rights have been put through a great experiment. They have become unhinged from any basic understanding of their cardinal meaning, stripped of the aura that we accord our highest aspirations. If the current diluted concept of human rights is grounded in some coherent philosophy, related to a set of first principles, we all await the news of what that philosophy, those principles, might be. It isn’t enough to say that Archbishop Tutu likes the way we do things and leave it at that.

This latest reality-playlet from Ottawa should be satire. None of us, thank God, is born with a Right to Park Where We Want To In Ottawa. That a former agent for one of these commissions considers where her Mazda 5 spends the night a “human right” is, or should be, appalling. That her plight should even be considered under the rubric of human rights demeans the concept. Indeed, I would offer it as an axiom that if a human rights complaint even contains the word “Mazda 5,” someone has stepped off the bridge of reason altogether.”

Human Rights: I do not think that word means what you think it means.

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