What makes a right universal?

Universal human rights should be derived from the nature of normal genetic humans, enabling their normally expressed social and individual potential and agency: People should be free to express themselves in ways that damage neither society nor others. Humans need food, drink, shelter, clothing, education, social comfort and groups, movement, expression of artistic and creative impulse, cooperative or solo work, health, and play. And freedom from religious institutions.

There's no need to seek divine approval. Governments should avoid looking anywhere but in human structure and structures, both physical and social, for their clues. Governance is as hard as you make it. Don't get too abstract in your guides. Normal people should understand their rights.

No one has a right to put religious ideas in young children's heads. Kids have a right to a working mind, with no closed sections reserved for fear of an unknowable authority figure. Life's hard enough already.

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