February 17, 2009

Reading You Your Rights

What rights do you have?  Is everyone entitled to have them?  How do you get them?  What gives you the right to do as you please?  What’s the source of your confidence, your swagger?  Is it your wealth, career, talent, education, health, appearance, physical strength, quick wit, faith in a leader or in your country?

We hear a lot about our rights -- the right to remain silent, the right to privacy, to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  

What is right?  And what is wrong?  Who makes that call?  Is that up to each of us to decide on a sliding scale?  

Our Declaration of Independence proclaims your inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  

On what do you base your right to happiness in the here-and-now?  And in the hereafter?  

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