"12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody
should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our
home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good
Now read the short story about this important human right.
The Right to Privacy
Sherry, Brenda, and Gloria are old friends. They always meet for coffee on Thursday mornings.
and Brenda work together, so they know many of the same people.
Thursday mornings often turn into gossip sessions about their friends
This morning is no exception.
"Can you believe the men Chantelle dates? They are practically criminals!" Sherry says to Brenda.
Gloria rolls her eyes and tries to change the subject, "What do you girls plan to do this weekend?"
Sherry and Brenda ignore her. "I know!" Brenda exclaims, "Alex says she is pregnant too."
Gloria says, "My kids want to go to the zoo on Saturday."
continues to ignore her. "There is also a rumor about David and
bankruptcy. Did you hear that one? Apparently, he is totally broke!"
is enough!" Gloria interrupts. "You are both out of control! It is not
okay to gossip like this! These people you work with are people, with
rights. They are not characters in a book. They are real people and
they have the right to live their lives however they wish. They have
the right to privacy! You do not have the right to talk about them
behind their backs!"
Sherry and Brenda look shocked. "Wow," Brenda says, "I guess you have a point. I did not realize. Sorry."
"Yeah, sorry," Sherry adds. "So, a trip to the zoo on Saturday, huh?"