What is Dignity
Even if, from our point of view, there is still no satisfactory definition of dignity, here is the most common version today: Dignity is the right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, and to be treated ethically. It is of significance in morality, ethics, law and politics as an extension of the Enlightenment-era concepts of inherent, inalienable rights. The term may also be used to describe personal conduct, as in “behaving with dignity”.
This is the description of Dignity , but if that would be enough there wouldn’t be a reason for this Website.
Why this Website?
Dignity is something we do not think about much, we assume it is something that comes with being a human, even though we know from thousands of examples of history that dignity is also something that gets lost so quickly.
This Website is a reminder of holding up the value of dignity, that it is necessary to think about it again and again, to re-evaluate if we live with dignity, are treated with dignity, do treat others and ourselves with dignity.
Article 1 of the german constitution says:
Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar.english: Human Dignity is inviolable
But is it really? Don’t we all recall several cases in that humans were treated in exact the opposite way? All of these cases are reasons enough to write and speak more about dignity, from all perspectives, involving not only humans but also nature.