chapter  7
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Buddhist Resignation and Human Rights: Santipala Stephan Evans

Western civilization is often criticized by Buddhists as being excessively individualistic. "Human rights" may be criticized on similar grounds. The notion of inalienable rights, somehow inherent in the individual, who then is encouraged to demand recognition, not only partakes of that individualism, but intensifies it, perhaps strengthening the very "I" which Buddhism advises us to weaken. Critics might point to the fragmentation of U. S. society as evidence that the individualism fostered by the human rights movement is destructive.