The United Nations is considering a proposal that would grant the Earth rights similar to those of humans.
What is a right? Where does it come from? Perhaps Merriam-Webster can help:
- right: something to which one has a just claim (So what makes a claim just?)
- just: acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good (What is moral?)
- moral: conforming to a standard of right behavior (What is right? Oh crap. That’s where we started. And where do we get this “standard” from?)
If you’re a theist, and you believe that God has revealed to us rights and wrongs, it’s simple; God grants and ultimately enforces those rights.
What if you don’t believe in God?