Aug. 29, 2018
Basic Human Rights.
I have been reading a lot these days about freedom, rights, responsibilities and duty. I hear a lot of drivel about how “it’s my right to do this or that”, or “you have the right to……”. So, I got to thinking about my rights, and where they come from, and quickly realised that there is a problem, there are NO rights.
My copy of Webster’s says that a right, in this context, is something that is morally or socially correct or acceptable. With the rapidly changing attitudes regarding morals, socially correctness and acceptability, how can I have rights? If I live in the USA, I can have Inalienable rights, which means they cannot be bought sold or transferred, and secured by law. But, I live in Canada, under a different political system, one that lately seems more capricious.
So where are my rights? Damn good question. I don’t have the right of free speech, there is a palatable fear that I may hurt someone’s feelings, I do not have the right to live my life the way I may wish, I would encounter vagrancy laws. There are so many ways that our rights in Canada differ from those experienced by our neighbours to the south, to our detriment.
One thing for sure, the more “freedom” I have, the more rights I enjoy, but, and it is a big BUT, the more responsibilities I must shoulder, and the more duty presses me. There is an enjoyable movie called Open Range available, it stars Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, and it is all about these 4 things, freedom, rights, responsibilities and duty. Watch it, and think about our upcoming elections, here in Manitoba this fall, and Country wide in 2019.
Get involved, volunteer and canvas. Tell your friends. Vote.
Be glad your not a landowner in South Africa, soon to become Zimbabwe II.