The right to dignity means a lot to me. For me, dignity is something that a person has within him or herself. People cannot give you dignity (though they can treat you as if you have it). Instead, dignity can only, ultimately, come from within.

Dignity is when you act as if you matter. It is when you act as if you respect yourself. It does not mean that you do whatever you want, or that you act in selfish ways. It means that you act as if you care about yourself and about your character. So, to me, you have dignity when you act in these ways — when you try to act in ways that show that you are a person of character.

Again Human dignity to me means not only possessing strong morals that help society to prosper and improve, but following through on them. Every human being has the basic right of respect both of himself and by his fellow man. Every person has the right to freedom and to express his moral beliefs though words and actions that will help him grow as he uses his talents to help others. People have the right to be free of fear. They have the right to find peace in the understanding and acceptance of who they are, but only to the extent that their rights do not intrude on the rights and beliefs of others. Each person’s rights end where the dignity of others begins.

Human dignity involves respect and compromise among the different people of any society. People come from different families, different countries, different religions, different political systems, and different races. Their beliefs make up different systems of morals. Respect of these morals or human dignity will determine how society works. In my opinion, society is slowly sliding downhill.

Today, many parents challenge what their children say and do, often using the arguments that if they had ever done what their kids are doing today, their parents would have been outraged. Ironically, this is probably what their parents said to them when they were young, and it is probably what their own children’s children will someday say to them. This shows how each generation is slowly accepting different morals that people never even considered in the past.