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The principle of Process and Culture of Human Rights: "Ends and Means"

Source: 12Petals Media Group

The dialogue of "Means" (specific actions), "Ends" (end goals), and "Process" carries a historical, ethical, social, and political importance. And, the Machiavellian philosophy of "the ends justify the means" has nowadays become the dominant decision-making axiom and spoken communication. Furthermore, in today's accepted wisdom, all activities are generally observed exclusively in terms of their end results.

A narrow perception from "the ends justify the means" expression will lead one to believe that the aim is to attain the set goals by any means. If so, then unethical or untruthful conducts completely disregard the integration of means and ends. This partitioning standpoint between means and ends is not only considered deeply flawed, it can also consent to dishonesty and/or taking dangerous measures for reaching desired outcomes.

Dishonest means for an outcome can't be justified. Dishonest means cannot be accepted despite the fact that it may serve and produce a creditable end. It could be very well asserted that the use of any dishonest means will certainly distort and damage the desired end goal as well.

From the culture of human rights perspective and living in an increasingly interdependent world, the process should be highly valued ("means" can be "ends", and "ends" can be "means" to develop outcomes). The culture of human rights calls attention to the well-inbuilt and expected linking of means and ends. Moreover, the significance of genuine process is recognized as the most central connecting building block between the means and ends. This integration and also the preference of selecting genuine means to achieve a goal are noteworthy. Such preference can certainly assure for an eventual genuine outcome.

Per and for the continual furtherance of the human rights objectives, thus the "ends justify the means" axiom taken plainly should be discarded. In its place, the culture of Human Rights perspective of placing value on the principle of genuine "process" can be treasured.

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Artist: Anna Felisha Ott
Image Production By: 12Petals Media Group, Ends and Means. 2012

Source: Quote By Niccolo Machiavelli: "The ends justify the means"

Persian translation of this text can be read here.

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