Wish you had asked this earlier today, I am about ready to go.
Still, I will make a stab at this.
For me, its religion. God gives us our basic rights to be and commandments to follow.
Beyond that, when you look at things called "rights", you realize that any system that takes these away from others winds up hurting all, eventually self-destructing.
Strangely, though, power hungry people wind up shifing societies in that direction eventually... and then they collapse and the cycle more or less starts over. The system collapses, people seek almost any solution and someone (or a small group of someones) come in with "solutions". People are willing to "make the bargain with the devil" to gain stability. Sometimes the bargain is immediately bad, as the leader turns into a true despot. Sometimes there is a period of relative decency.. but then eventually, the power gets concentrated more at the top again and it collapses.
The key indicator in that is loss of rights to those at the bottom. When there is extreme variance between the conditions of those at the top and the very bottom, then it is a sign of a system about to collapse.
specifically.. we have the right to live, to try to lead our lives peacefully and worship/think as we wish to the extent we don't infringe upon other people's rights to do the same. As a part of that, we have the right to speak freely, to raise our children, etc. But none of those rights are unlimited.
In religion, particularly, there is always a conflict between some people who want to live differently from others, and those who feel that merely allowing others to live differently near by (or at all) is somehow a violation of their own rights/religion, etc.