Wednesday, November 30, 2005

rights vs. responsibilities.

well, here`s a sticky one. where do we get the idea that we have rights? some political types mentioned the concept that we could get these rights if we subscribed to thier system. these rights have been traded as a currency to the point where government has become a delivery and enforcement system, with the help of lawyers and judges, for more and more rights each passing month.
what suffers in this process is the idea and action of personal responsibility. the more we believe we have a right to do and say what we want the less we have to be responsible for what these actions do.
what do we actually have the right to?
is there a person actually, dynamically, following our every personal move, ensuring the expediency and exclusive domain for these rights?
no there isn`t.
it is getting to the point where people believe that this is so unfortunately, and people are eating, dringing, smoking and engaging in practices that are damaging to thier health and safety because they believe they have a right to.
take smoking as an an example, smokers continue to ingest harmful substances into thier systems with the full knowledge that it will kill them and thier last few years will be lived in physical and emotional misery, yet they persist because they have a right to and the government says, "yes, cigarettes are a legal substance and people of legal age have the right to consume them."
a right to consume them. ??????
that`s permission to go ahead and kill yourself.
what about your responsibility to your health, quality of life and wellbeing?
the smoker knows that if he becomes ill because of his habit, then the medical system must provide him with care. it`s his right.
this dynamic between rights and responsibilities is pretty straightforward.
more rights mean less responsibility.
even for blacks and women and other minorities and the disabled, in exactly the same measure.
the more responsibility we take in our lives, not only will our personal lives improve, but so will society in general.
will it happen?
not when a major part of government is devoted to generating new rights as fast as it can.
all we can do is take more personal responsibility in our lives,and be aware of what the mechanism of rights and the organisations designed to develop them are actually doing.
destroying society and culture brick by brick.

1 comment:

Mark said...

"what do we actually have the right to?"

In a social setting, you can act in any way you choose, so long as you don't violate other peoples ability to choose their own actions.

"people are eating, dringing, smoking and engaging in practices that are damaging to thier health and safety because they believe they have a right to."

Which they do.

"a right to consume them. ??????
that`s permission to go ahead and kill yourself."

Yes. Killing yourself is also a right.

"what about your responsibility to your health, quality of life and wellbeing?"

There is no such responsibility. Those are for every individula to decide for themselves.

"the smoker knows that if he becomes ill because of his habit, then the medical system must provide him with care. it`s his right."

No, it isn't his right, because that would violate the rights of everyone who is forced to pay.

"a major part of government is devoted to generating new rights as fast as it can."

Rights are not generated by government. Your rights (ability to act) reside with you. They're inalienable.