The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the most important documents in the 20th century that has been translated into different languages that aims to spell out the right of a human person about what he/she is entitled to. Upon reading the articles, I actually had a hard time choosing given that I should base on their relevance. Our country is suffering from different issues like corruption, killings, drugs, violations, inequality, stereotyping, and many more. These are the main reasons why it took me an hour to decide.
Last month, I remembered watching television, and Mariel Padilla, an actress, mentioned that she did sign any documents regarding the religion of her child. She gave her child the freedom to choose once the child reaches the right age. It actually made me think and realized a lot of things. Religion has a huge influence on our perspective and daily lives. In our birth certificate, only our parent’s religion is indicated. Nowhere in the section have I seen our or the infant’s religion. Therefore, the only certificate that will associate us to a specific religion is upon baptismal and this is actually considered as a violation of the freedom of religion. But, what article 18 is pertaining to is about changing his religion or belief, and freedom to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. I have a lot of friends and relatives who actually changed their religion. At first, I kept on asking what’s so special about other religions. I asked my uncle who changed his religion if he is happy and what made him decide that. He simply told me that his heart had led him. From being an alcoholic person, I see him now as a person who always read the Bible. As we grow older, we tend to question everything in life and even our beliefs. This has actually the same concept as reflective morality wherein customs, traditions, rules, and ethical theories should be carefully analyzed and critically evaluated before we continue or stop to live by them.
I believe that we can promote this right by educating people. Letting them be aware of the things they don’t seem to care about. We should always remember that we can never force someone to change his/her belief, we must let other people be the ones to discover them. Inclining ourselves with appropriate beliefs usually results in a better perspective of living. Religion just like culture is a way of life and freedom of religion can help produce educated people that will lead to a better community.