Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Thoughts on "Rights" and "Obligations"

From Watchblog's Lee Emmerich Jamison:
We all know a right is society's obligation to the individual, but that also makes it our responsibility to the whole of society. We can talk about this sort of distinction between us and the society because of the protections that are society's fruit to us. Rights, therefore, only happen in the context of a society. If you meet a hungry tiger in the deepest jungle and try to protest of your "right to life", well...
If you meet an al Queda radical with a suicide vest, what "rights" do you have.

Jamison is correct, we as a society appear to have forgotten that with "rights" somes "responsibilities" or "obligations." You can't have one without the other.

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