As an individual, you are able to freely pursue interests, activities, relationships, movements, or occupations with limited intervention or stifling from family, educational and cultural institutions, jobs or government.
In the United States, the Declaration of Independence recognizes human beings are endowed with inalienable rights. These include the rights to life (the right to be physically alive), liberty (the opportunity to experience, learn, grow and contribute to others in ways that are meaningful to oneself, and the pursuit of happiness (to explore, identify and do that which brings joy).
As a human being, you also have the right to obtain and access basic human needs, including access to accurate information, education and experiences; transportation and mobility options; adequate and stable housing; clean and breathable air; clean and drinkable water; healthy nutrition and foods; and safety.
Civil Rights laws in the United States guarantee the right for all people to participate in their communities and engage in commerce. Across the globe, the United Nations has codified a series of expansive human rights, and in the United States, Americans also have Constitutional Rights. Some of these include: equality, freedom from discrimination, personal security and safety, freedom from torture and degrading treatment, freedom from slavery, right to a fair trial, right to privacy, freedom of beliefs and religion, and freedom of personal opinions and speech, among others.
It’s important to understand your own human rights, basic needs, civil rights, international human rights, and your constitutional rights. This helps you understand the all of the opportunities available to you to reach your own unique highest and fullest potential, as well as identify and overcome any systemic barriers and obstacles that may exist.
In addition to understanding and asserting your own rights, it’s important to understand your responsibility to respect the rights of others. You have the right to do as you please, so long as it does not purposely cause physical, mental, emotional or spiritual trauma, stress or harm to other human beings or the shared environment.