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Just like the kids from Rydell High knew they'd always be together, Eleanor Roosevelt knew the whole world had to collectively go forward with a plan to protect the rights of all humans.
Okay, so Roosevelt was a little more sophisticated than Sandy and Danny. No surprise there.
In order for it to stick, the final product needed to reflect basic ideas and freedoms for all people who lived under all types of governments, and while there were some disagreements—Soviet Union, we're looking at you—overall, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights did just that.
It was a significant moment in history, and while the document wasn't going to fix all problems, everyone acknowledging they were together on it (like dip da-dip da-dip doo-wop da doo-be doo) was a great start.
The Magna Carta, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, and the Bill of Rights are all significant historical documents that provided the very foundation for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Throughout the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were at odds on a number of political and philosophical levels. As a result of those differences, it is unlikely the two countries would have ever agreed on the specifics of various articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
To quote Les Misérables, "The time is now! The day is here!"
It's time to get our worldwide human rights housekeeping in order, and Eleanor Roosevelt is giving everyone brooms.
When Roosevelt delivered her speech, "On the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," she did so because the document hadn't actually been adopted yet.
Instead, countries with different political philosophies were arguing over proposed changes to various articles—which they'd already argued over. Multiple times. And Roosevelt had had enough.
The delegation had a responsibility to approve the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because of what it was trying to accomplish—for the first time in history, 58 different nations had found some common ground when it came to the complex field of human rights.
No one was going to get everything they wanted, and it wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But having an official document, approved by so many different countries, was important to preserving peace and protecting the world from another large-scale violation of basic human rights.
"All this happened, more or less...because the delegation wouldn't just give their approval to a declaration guaranteeing basic human rights." Do you think Kurt Vonnegut would appreciate our edit?