Your Right, but is it Right?

I hear this more often than I’d like: “I have the right to…”

Yes, you probably have the right to whatever it is you claim to have the right to do, but it does not mean you get to do it without any consequences.

Having a right to something does not mean it is the good thing to do. Do you have the right to listen to your music with your phone speakers turned up on public transport? Yes. Is it the good thing to do? Most commuters will be quick to say no. Are they entitled to express their disagreement? Sure, but few of us exercise that right, because the consequences may include verbal, or worse, physical violence.

More people need to understand the difference.

Or perhaps we just need to be kinder to one another.

“Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.”
– Dr. Linus Pauling


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