Rights, Privileges and Responsibility

As I sit here in the middle of this world today, I can’t help but wonder what got us to this point; the point where so many of us believe everything is our Right. This is far from true because most things are a Privilege or our own Responsibility, but not a Right.

We have our unalienable, God-given rights and everything else is a privilege or our own responsibility. So what are our unalienable, God given rights? blog spot free speech#3Our Declaration of Independence(not that anyone seems to give a damn about what it or our Constitution says anymore) says these are the rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
(Side note: We should really all take a few minutes to re-read these documents as a refresher)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Ultimately, that’s all that we have been promised, and that should be more than sufficient. Let’s think about those words for a minute. What do they really mean? Maybe this will help us understand. The definition of unalienable is something that cannot be bought, sold or transferred (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness). I think they all fit that definition, don’t they?

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So, when did it become a Right to be given money to buy food without having to earn it? When did it become a Right to be given money because we lost our job and don’t have any? When did it become a Right get free or subsidized housing? When did it become a Right to be provided with health care? It never did, but so many of us think it is. We do, however, have the Right to pursue those things if we desire them to be happy, but it is not a Right to have those things, and so many others, be provided to us. Nothing in life is free. It never has been, and it never will be. There is always a tradeoff for something.

Let’s go all the way back to when things in this World were not so established; back to Adam and Eve or our Forefathers. What did people do then when they wanted or needed something? If someone needed food, you worked for it or bought/traded for it with money or items that you had worked for previously. If someone needed a place to live, that would be worked out in trade for something as well. Back then it was a barter system for products, goods or services, and if someone needed help occasionally, but had nothing to offer in trade, people would help each other out with a meal or a helping hand or whatever. The point is, we worked together as human beings to survive and prosper.

Today though, too many think that the World, Government, God or whoever, owes them something just because they are alive. No one owes anyone anything beyond Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. As a matter of fact, if someone takes or tries to take any of those things away from you, that person is punished for it. 

I say it’s time for us to get back to the basics. We should take responsibility for our own lives, the work that we do, the things we accomplish and enjoy the rewards we get for our efforts. Quit looking at everyone else and start looking in the mirror. If we do not have the life we want, then start taking responsibility for that and quit blaming everyone else. Then start taking the proper steps to change that, but don’t expect someone else to change it for you. It’s your life to live how you see fit, not anyone else’s to live as they see fit for you unless, you are willing to trade for that, which, by the way, is exactly what has happened over time.

I realize that I will tick a lot of people off, but until we start to take responsibility for the things that happen in our own life and quit pointing fingers at others, we are always going to be in this position, and that, my friends, is the bottom line.

We all have the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Everything else is a Privilege and our own Responsibility.

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