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Rights and Responsibilities
We Westerners are very concerned with our rights. Many of our rights are entrenched in a Constitutional document such as a Bill of Rights. We have the right to be free, to due process, to pursue our lives as we see fit. It's GOOD to have our rights put down in writing and enshrined in law.
But there must be a flip side to this coin. If we have rights, don't we also have responsibilities?
Why aren't our responsibilities as hallowed and enshrined as our rights? Aren't they just as important? A Bill of Rights primarily sets out our rights against our government. A Bill of Responsibilities would set out our obligations to our fellow man.
For example, If we have a right to live in a free and democratic society, shouldn't we also have a responsibility to understand the issues and to vote for those that will represent us?
If we have the right to bear deadly arms, don't we also have the responsibility to use them wisely and secure them from children?
If we have the right to procreate, don't we also have the responsibility to be a good and supportive parent?
If all men and women have the right to be treated equally before the LAW and our GOVERNMENT, shouldn't all men and women have the responsibility to treat others as THEY themselves want to be treated, irrespective of color, creed, religion, or sexual orientation?
You see where I am going with this, right?
If we have a right to a free and public education system, shouldn't we have the responsibility to make certain that our educational system is a good one. Maybe that is what it all boils down to. Our schools teach our children about our inherent rights. We should also teach them about their social responsibilities.
A great society must have both rights and responsibilities, and as I see it we are moving further and further away from a great society because we defend and exert our rights, while minimizing the obligations of our responsibilities. That needs to change
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