Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Rights vs. Expectations

This is something that has been gnawing at me for a while now, the way that expectations are usually presented as something someone has a right to. A right is large, important issue and it is often set in stone. The freedom of religion (or from religion) in the public sphere in the US is a good example of this. It adressed the larger issue of an official religion being established for the country and then other religions being marginalized or supressed. That is a serious and importat issue and it is appropriate that the freedom from that sort of situation is a right. Getting good service, having everyone follow the rules, or having rules applied uniformly are expectations. In a perfect world they will happen, in the world we live in they are not guaranteed. Due to that they are not, nor should they be presented as, something we have a right to.

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