Everything You Need to Know About Rights

Rights are not entitlements. Their benefits are EARNED by their exercise.

Rights are actions saying, “I can and will do this, and will (PERSONALLY) defend against anyone who, through use of force, would stop me.” A true RIGHT is a personal will to action, not a privilege granted by some external authority or afforded by some collective. We exercise a RIGHT because INDIVIDUALLY it IS right, because it is righteous, and because we know it to be the right thing to do. It’s inarguable and self-evident, not a perk or a gift for good behavior. Exercising a right doesn’t ask permission… it is an act which is the most sovereign and answers to no higher authority. Only sovereign entities …like Kings, have rights. All power comes from that sovereignty. If you have to ask permission, or feel guilt or shame about doing something, then you are not exercising your own authority. You either have Royal authority over yourself, or you are a slave and have no rights of your own (only perhaps “granted privileges,” which are revocable). To prove this, you MUST demonstrate your authority by acting…. by exercising your rights.

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Social Labels

There seems to be an extreme polarization of social identity in the USA along the lines of self-identified liberals and conservatives on one axis and with democrats and republicans along the other. This isn’t new news, but I want to humbly point out that I personally find it to be a hindrance overall to our progress as individuals and as a nation.

I think that the fault in identifying with these catchall labels is that it sublimates one’s own experience, judgement and wisdom to a common denominator which is neccessarily amorphous and blunted. It’s unfortunate that this appears the only effective way to accomodate otherwise diverse groups because validity of issues becomes lost to perpetuation of identity. If one were previously in pursuit of truth, more often the larger group personality redirects that effort toward the less noble objective of being right. Unlike truth, being right requires that someone else be wrong and often serves to exclude rather than synthesize.

All of this having been said, when it’s convenient there are sometimes advantages in donating one’s own will to a shared cause, so long as that cause is guided by enlightened benevolence. It is difficult to stand alone and none of us may do it for long but, it’s nice to step away from our chosen herd and gain perspective occasionally.