Editorial: Rights no one can take away
September 4, 2010
It's a common flaw of today's society that many people, for reasons sometimes defying logic, place blame on others rather than accept their own responsibility.
This common deflection is seen frequently: Advertising, television, music and movies corrupt our youth; the news media brainwashes the masses; lobbyists and special interests muddy the political waters.
Oh, and let's not forget the joke that would be funny if it wasn't so true — how litigious we are today.
It's a glass house we've built around ourselves using a faulty belief system that our problems rest everywhere but inside.
The only failing with this, besides the short-sighted morality of it all, is that once you examine this belief for even a minute, those glass walls comes crumbling down.
Our youths have a choice not to believe that everyone should look like the models they see on television or in magazines; that real wars are horrible, terrifying experiences and that when people die, they don't get to hit the reset button like on video games; that life, life steeped in reality that is, is a far cry from the plastic commercialism on MTV.
We have plenty of outlets for our informational needs.
If you don't like what's on CNN or Fox News or in the New York Times, for instance, if you think it's biased and leans toward a particular political persuasion, change the channel, flip the page, set it down, and then choose another.
They can grow a backbone, stand up to special interests, and turn back lobbyists clamoring for them to do what's best for only the super rich or greedy corporations.
They can prove that the needs of the many outweigh those of the few, and common good trumps extensive bank accounts.
How about quit whining? Some lawsuits are legitimate, true. However, more and more, they're used as retribution or get-rich-quick schemes for those too lazy to earn their own way.
But, how often do people in our society revert to paralysis, bury what are truly the only rights anyone can forever keep — the ability to think and act freely — and then later pretend that someone else was at the switch making decisions?
It sometimes seems like an infinite number, the Editorial Board contends.
Once upon a time, people recognized that freedom of thought was untouchable, and that no one could make you think or believe something that didn't resonate.
Our society was better for it, and so was our future.
It could be that way again.
It's up to all of us — it's our decision — to make it so.