- ‘Rights’ — in terms of unconditional standards of interaction — are an ephemerie. Bluntly, you have no rights.
- You cannot argue that you have a inalienable right to private property, nor to an education, nor to a happy life. The simple truth is none of those things are givens. At most as a society we can strive to provide certain common goods, or impose consequences for the failure to provide them. Rights are, at the limit, simply motherhood statements.
- Yet the establishment of a set of standards, of expected behaviours, is foundational to common society. Often these are not formalised, minutiae learned simply by observing the actions of others.
- Other common standards are formalised bringing consistency over time and place at a cost to their capacity to flex organically with need.
- Thus common standards need careful consideration, ritual, and formal reconsideration from time to time.
- Yet even here there is an awkward aspect…
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