Have you ever heard of the phrase “you have the right to remain silent”?
How about the phrase “the right to bear arms”?
Haven't we all had our 'rights' violated in some fashion in the past?
Haven't we all at least felt as if we had a right removed or trampled upon?
Let us consider; how are rights derived and enforced? Although you have a right to remain silent, have you ever found yourself compelled to answer or face consequences of some sort? About the right to bear arms; isn't that notion written down somewhere and currently enforced by such a decree? That right's decree has spawned books of laws and procedures to further legislate this right and define where and when this right begins and ends.
When in a heated conversation, have you ever wished you had reserved that right to remain silent and prevented some words from being vocalized? Too bad others don't also exercise their right to keep their mouths shut, lol.
Some argue Today about the right to natural / organic food, to clean uncontaminated water and many other suggestions that seem reasonable and obvious for some, but somehow doesn't seem reasonable to others.
Don't rights depend on a system or popular consensus to enforce and uphold the rights? If you proclaim new and unheard of 'rights,' are they automatically respected and honored by others?
So where do rights come from? And how are some rights believed in and supported while others are argued over and denied?
We've seen kings and kingdoms trampled by force despite the 'right' of the monarchy to rule. We've seen property rights suspended due to lack of tribute / tax payment. We've seen animal rights exist where none were previously conceived.
How can anyone tell what is right and what's wrong?