Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tell me what to do?

Personal responsibility has pretty much joined common sense as a non-viable option to use in politics anymore. The number of people who need to be told what to do in almost every aspect of their daily lives are swiftly becoming a majority. These are the people who feel that RealID and the Patriot Act are acceptable. They are willing to trade self-determination for security(not safety).

The problem with this is that when you give up the right/ability to make the choices for yourself, and I mean that ones that matter not which fast food joint to get dinner at, you have given up any legitimate reason to take offense at the choices made by those you have given power over you. For some people this is fine as they never wanted responsibility for themselves anyway. It was too frightening a concept for them. It's a relief for them to relinquish the burden of responsibility to someone else. Keep in mind, this is rarely a conscious decision by the individual. This surrender of choice is almost always going to be an unconscious choice. A decent indicator for this mentality would be the people who dither about making a choice till it's too late to do so. They'd rather lose the chance to make the choice than to actually have to face the choice itself.

There are those of us however, that don't accept this pseudo-life. For us, the ideas of self-reliance and liberty are sacred and as such we will not go quietly into the night if they are threatened. We believe in the principles this country was founded on and which have been diluted through years of political Benedict Arnold selling out their fellow citizens rights for the "common good" or "society." We are not volcanic where "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." We are Americans who see personal choice, and it's follower consequence, not as a burden but as a right granted us that we will not relinquish.

To the Hillary Clintons and Pat Robertson's of the country who would choose to legislate "for our own good" I would suggest you take care of yourself and let the rest of us live our lives as we see fit. I don't want to live as you do. I choose to live as I do making the choices I make. I choose to accept the consequences of the choices that I do make as any rational person does. As long as my choices do not infringe upon the rights, not feelings but rights, of others then I have done no wrong. If you are incapable of understanding this ideal then I pity you. You will never be able to experience a full life as long as you allow yourself to be guided from one day to the next by others.

3 Comments:

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One could argue that is is not the right/ablity to make choices for oneself that people are giving up (most people would object violently if all fast food joints but McDonald's were shut down by gov't decree). What most people are objecting to is the fact that they must accept the consequenses of their decisions/actions/inactions.

It is not fear of choice that is the problem. It's people who think they that they should be free to choose and yet free from reaction, that are the problem.

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Mindwyrm said...

I'm gonna have to disagree with you. I agree that people aren't wanting to face the consequences of their choices, but the number of people not even wanting to make a choice is insane. They allow themselves to be told what to do literally on a daily basis when there is no call to do so. I'm not talking about your boss giving you an assignment. I'm talking about an almost pathological need to be told what to do and where to go. The people like this don't even look at it so much as wanting to avoid consequences. The way they see it; if they were doing what they were told then there can't be any repurcussions for them. It's not their fault. They were being ordered/forced/(insert excuse here).

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger sgo said...

Are you Pro-choice in regards to abortion?

 

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