I was writing about Non-Negotiable Contracts with Rights Reserved to Change Rules it reminded me of another place where we are forced to give up some of our sovereignty if we want something. I know, there will be people who will disagree with me on this one, but I still feel it's a violation of my rights.
Declaration of Human Rights states that:
In my opinion, the first clause of this article extends too short. It's not a secret that I believe “Everyone should have the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of the world they are born on.”
But I'm not going to be discussing that part here, just the second clause. First of all, not everybody has the right to leave any country. Most people do not know about them and think of entry visas when they talk about visas but there are Exit Visas imposed in some countries.
Second of all, what's the point of having the freedom on paper if in practice you cannot exercise that right? That's a rhetorical question. A Poor Afghani does not have much chance to use that freedom of his. If you impose necessary conditions for leaving a country, if millions of people are essentially blocked by rules, regulations, red-tape, prerequisites like visas, it simply implies you DO NOT have that right. Having the right to leave a country is meaningless by itself as long as you do not have the right to enter another country. And in the current political state of affairs, no one -even those who do not need visas, or have valid visas- has the basic right to enter another country. Immigration officers reserve the right to deny you entry, without the need for specifying a reason.
Third of all, for about the last decade or so, if you want to travel, you need to give your fingerprints. I feel it insulting, I find it to be against human dignity. That I need to be treated like a potential criminal if I want to travel and see the world I am born on.
Again, I know, some people do not see that travel or movement is a right, they dismiss your beliefs saying “So what? If you don’t want to play the game, then simply don’t travel. Travel is a privilege and if you have to jump through some, often maddening, hoops then so be it.”
Let's get one thing straight: I have a right to object to any rule I deem idiotic or any practice I deem unfair, unjust.
Yeah, I understand, there are many people out there who accept whatever is imposed on us/them. I just wish they understood that we are not all supposed to do that. If there were no such people revolting/rebelling against things they see as wrong or unfair, we would have made no headway towards civilization.
Slavery was abolished through a violent war. The end of Global Apartheid in South Africa came after a long struggle and a lot of suffering. Women's suffrage was the same. Everything that needs to be fixed would not have to take so much effort and pain if the majority of the people:
a) Did not believe in the status-quo so blindly.
b) Were not so manipulated by fear
c) Were not sheep.
Please... Pleaaase... I'm begging you. Let's stop playing this stupid game.