Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This documentary trailer is a good reminder that the idea of universal human rights and value is one that continually needs to be argued for. It's not something we, as fallen, self-centered human beings, gravitate towards naturally. Someone has different features from us? Different abilities? Different level of societal importance? Well then, she must not be as valuable as we are!
Our inability to identify with, empathize with, and value those on a lower rung of the social, ability, or power ladder has led to countless atrocities in history, and all because of the way this question is answered:
Are we valuable because of what we are, or because of what we do?
That is, is every human being valuable simply because he or she is, by nature, the kind of being that's valuable, or do we earn our value individually by meeting a certain standard of characteristics (race, religion, sex, ability, size, level of development, etc.) agreed upon by the society?
If the second is the case, then there's no such thing as equality, and universal human rights are a sham. If the second is the case, then you end up with something like this, and while you might object for practical reasons, there's no moral reason to condemn it.