“Rights” are an illusion

We live in an ungrateful, entitled world where few want to work for anything and everything should be handed out for free.

Where privileges are seen as rights.

Where the “I want…” motivates nothing more than indignation and contempt when they don’t get what they want. Where no one else matters except the self and be damned to everyone else, Lord help them if they get in the way.

Where might seems to equal right and the only way people see to get ahead is to beat down, squash, destroy and defeat the other guy.

Where money is the end all be all and those who don’t have it will work, not to ligitimally earn it, but to cheat and steal it and those who have it will hoard it as if they can take it with them into the afterlife to ensure the same entitled life they currently feel they deserve.

Where people shout they don’t want government to get involved in their lives but are more than happy for government to be involved in someone else’s life when they think that other person is taking away their rights.

Where the hypocrisy of “I deserve and no one else does” causes more death and destruction and damage to humanity than any other mental disorder in history.

Civilization is the boon and bane of human existance. Long gone is the small community of people working together, sharing together. Gone is the caring and compassion of the advanced mind that knows that to care for another is caring for yourself, for what goes around comes around.

Gone is the knowledge that what you put out there you attract.

Life, and all it encompasses, is a priviledge of time. We all will die. When is the only question. How you live your life is still a priviledge. There are no promises. But it doesn’t mean that you can disregard the priviledges of the rest of humanity because you think you deserve something.

We, as a society, try to ensure certain priviledges to our citizens to help the collective community (nation) knowing that when all are strong, the nation is strong. Unfortunately there are those few with the ever so powerful dollar that feel the need to have more, and in doing so feel the need to control the masses, and in doing that, feel they are the ones to dictate who gets what priviledges. And so the cycle of “I deserve” and “I want” takes over and the few are considered “strong” while the masses remain “weak”, and the community, the nation as a whole, can only be as strong as it’s weakest citizen.

And what that says about our world is not only scary, it’s sad.

When we get back to the sharing, caring, compassionate nature that we are born with, and is currently drummed out of us from the moment of birth, when we get back to understanding that life is a priviledge, a gift, a miracle, something to be shared and enjoyed, we will once again reconnect with the priviledge that is life and not take life, and all that comes with it, all who share life with us, for granted.

Rights are taken for granted. Priviledges are usually not. Rights create entitled, spoiled, angry people who will do anything to defend what they say is their “right” even when it means denying others their “rights”. Priviledges, which are not promised, is usually cherished, enjoyed. One knows a priviledge can be taken away. One will staunchly defend against someone taking a preceived “right” away.

Those who talk about “rights” assume that government is there to protect their “rights” at all cost and if the government can not do it then they, themselves, will. Those societies that remove the idea of it’s citizens born with unconditional “rights” and instead work on the priviledge base know that each person still has the ability to earn priviledges, but in earning the priviledge will not take it for granted like they would a “right”.

The problem with any large group or government is that you give the ability to dish out said priviledges as they see fit and the larger the group or government the more those in charge feel it is their “right” to dole out said priviledges according to their ideas, not the ideas that are most benefitial to the most people.

And that is corrupt and defeating.

There really isn’t an answer unless everyone recognizes that life is a priviledge that time allows, not a right. That how you live your life should be more on what you earn not what you feel you deserve.

And that ALL life, not just yours, is a priviledge, and should be cherished and respected as such. With no conditions. With no tallies as to how much you have done for someone else and how much less they have done for you, how much they owe you. Not because you feel you have to or are guilted into it. But because it’s the correct thing to do.

Because without a radical change in how we, as an overpopulated planet of mostly spoiled rotten brat entitled children, think, there won’t be a humanity left. Just a bunch of animals with higher thought patterns that have the ability to destroy the most beautiful thing on the planet in the most horrible of ways.



About ynnarie

Lynn Salisbury grew up in the rural town of McGrath, Minnesota. After graduating from McGregor High School in the mid 1980’s, she moved to the Twin Cities. Lynn spent her 20’s and 30’s working like the average person, never imagining the calling that awaited her. But those two decades of working, learning, growing, led to the day a friend challenged Lynn to write. Lynn met that challenge and never looked back. Now she draws from her life’s experiences and creative mind to weave stories. Stories about different worlds, different lives, different perspectives. If you ask her about her life, Lynn will tell you it’s been rather simple and sometimes boring. But if you dig a little deeper you will find that it’s been a bit more exciting than that. Lynn has done everything from designing clothes ranging from prom and wedding dresses to drag queen attire and everything in-between, became a registered, ordained Pagan minister in the state of Minnesota, to creating a group, on a social media site, of fans devoted to her favorite football team that has more members than most medium sized towns. Lynn still lives in the Twin Cities area, enjoying the changing seasons, spending time with family, working, and writing. She will admit she hasn’t found her genre niche yet, and she secretly hopes she never does, leaving the possibilities wide open for any type of story that formulates in her head, mixed with a bit of muse inspiration, to spill out into the written word. She writes what she would want to read, having taken to heart a piece of advice she once heard. And she feels blessed and grateful for the chance to share her stories with the world. As the mother of three amazing, beautiful and strong daughters, Lynn knows that even when the world seems the darkest, they are her light. And she never forgets what an honor and privilege it is to be their mother. “If you haven’t had your ‘a-ha’ moment today, you haven’t been paying attention.” – Lynn Salisbury
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