How Human Rights Laws Help Keep Us Safe
Maybe we can blame it on an evolutionary response to danger, but at times of crisis human beings tend to default to the extreme. "All Muslims could be terrorists." "Keep all refugees out." "Nowhere is safe." The more frightened we become, the more we are tempted to adopt simple solutions to complex, even intractable, problems. The recent events in Beirut, Paris, Mali, Colorado Springs and San Bernardino have put all of us on edge.
Human rights exist in part to help steady our nerves. They are designed to put rules in place that protect us all, that keep us both safe and free.