Rights were invented to eliminate as many obstacles to personal freedom as possible. They were not meant to give or grant us anything, only to remove as many obstructions as possible from the path forward. Rights were invented in parallel with a sense of duty. Our early founding thinkers understood that the idea of rights is only possible when everyone feels a sense of obligation and duty to the collective good. Rights are not meant to hold your hand or coddle you. They are meant to support your desire to stand tall with a sense of duty to yourself and your community.Read More
Few phrases captivate the modern mind like “the pursuit of happiness.” With life and liberty are assured, this becomes the de facto point of most people’s existence. Yet for something so central to our choices, it is surprising how little we understand about what will make us “happy.”
Nationally, the number of school shootings, drug overdoses, and suicides have been growing steadily for years. We have less inequality, less violence, more medications, more mandatory sensitivity trainings, more pleasure, and fewer pains. So what the hell is wrong with us?
As life grants more and more of our wishes people are finding that what they want is the problem. Pursuing happiness might not be such a great idea after all.
You are not guaranteed protection from offensive language, but you have been given the opportunity to hear, debate, and possibly alter views that you do not agree with. You do not have the right to a job, an income, and a certain lifestyle, but you have an unobstructed path to pursue and create all of these things for yourself.Read More