Rights!

I hope my blog this week will bring on some discussion and also make you think about stuff we take for granted and consider to be our right.

I keep hearing about rights, right to do this, right to say that. One thing I keep hearing is a right to have clean air and water. But what are rights?

According to Wikipedia a right is a moral or legal entitlement to have or do something.

So who decides what our rights are? Are rights something that we have accepted and taken for granted? In the western world we have generally got clean air and water, we have food, a roof over our head and clothes. We also mainly have gadgets to make life easier. But in some countries, this is not available. There are many people out there who do not have access to clean drinking water never mind anything else. So what about their rights?

Who first decided what our rights were? Is a right an artificial way of saying ‘we want’? Are rights about freedom to do what we want whatever the consequences? There is a saying ‘do what you want as long as you do no harm’. But how does that fit in with respect for others? If we want a fairer world where we are all equal and we respect each other and our land, then how do rights fit in with this? Over to you now.

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