“Human rights and wrongs are not determined by Justice, but by Might.”
- Ragnar Redbeard
There has been debate for a long time as to what rights people do or do not have. Some debate whether people actually have rights at all.
Do people have the right to bear arms?
What, if any, is the extent of the right of free speech? Is it a right to get an abortion?
Is it a right to be able to obtain goods and services from a private business if said business does not want to associate with you based on your race, religion or lifestyle?
The whole concept of “rights” originated as an essentially western European concept, and really took form during the Enlightenment period of the 18th century (although the Magna Carta, did serve as somewhat of a pretext back in the 13th century). Rights were, for all intents and purposes, a construct to counteract what were becoming viewed as the “non-rights” of monarchy and government.
The most famous institution of this idea is of course, the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution. More recently we have had the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which serves in essence to affirm that all human beings have a right to the same standard of living and dignity.
In this post-Enlightenment age, we see the idea of “rights” as a matter of fact- but is it? Do we really have “rights”, or is this indeed a “social construct”? After contemplating upon the Laws of Nature and Creation, I personally came to the conclusion that in truth, we do not have “rights”, as this idea does not seem to exist elsewhere in Nature.
Much of what we have come to see as “rights” are instead a combination of personal responsibilities and “non-rights”. For example, it is our responsibility to speak up for what we see as right and wrong and no one has the right to prevent us from doing so. Another example is that it is our responsibility to protect our privacy and no one has the right to violate that.
Let’s look at the much-maligned “right to bear arms”, which is basic right of self-defense. I don’t have a right to own a gun any more than I have a right to own a car or a computer. However, I do have a responsibility to defend my family and myself. Likewise, no government or individual has any right to keep me from doing so through force, coercion, theft, etc.
The only RIGHT that exists in nature (if you want to call it that) is for a being to make use of what it has to ensure the survival of its lineage. If you’re in the woods with a bear, you either have the RIGHT to do what you need to do to live, or the bear has the RIGHT to eat you. Might is THE Right, here.
Let’s think about the natural world for a moment: no animal claims it has the right to defend itself or its offspring, but if it wants to survive and continue the propagation of its species, it better learn do so effectively. Again it is that animal’s responsibility to defend itself by any means it can.
A lion does not see an antelope’s “right to live”, it sees it as food. The antelope doesn’t think, “Hey, this lion is trying to impinge on my rights.” The antelope simply knows he has the responsibility to outrun that lion if he wishes to live.
Similarly the lioness has the responsibility to defend her cubs against a hyena. She doesn’t take the hyena to court. She does whatever she needs to do at that moment to ward off the attack, and then she goes about her business. Likewise, the pride does not go seeking out and eradicating (or even more laughably, attempting to imprison) the hyenas to ensure they don’t attack again.
This applies to humans as well. If a person is causing or attempting to cause harm right then and there, we have the responsibility to defend our family, loved ones, others who may ask for our help in the moment, and ourselves. When the threat is neutralized with the appropriate amount of force in the moment, then we go about our business.
This idea of rights may have been a way to verbalize this concept in a simplified form so that it could be coded into law to “protect” the citizen against overreach of government and “mob” power, however it appears to have transformed into something else.
I have continually stressed that nobody a “right” to force anybody to do anything against his or her will, regardless of whether or not we feel it is the “morally right thing” for them to do, which now brings us into the touchy waters of “civil rights”. This is the idea that “everyone” has the right to be treated “fairly” regardless of ANY qualities that any other individual or group would view as negative or undesirable, and not wish to associate with. This is the idea that everyone is entitled to exactly the same social and economic opportunities as everyone else.
While this utopian idea may tug at the emotional heartstrings and sound like a wonderful thing, it should be understood that this idea of “equality” is completely foreign in Nature. In Nature, it is the strongest, fittest, and most intelligent, that has greatest chances to survive and thrive.
I am not saying that we as humans should behave strictly according to our animal nature. What I am digging at here is how “right” has become code for “entitlement”. In essence it is saying, “I deserve a good life just because I was born, and if I do not have the same social and economic status and opportunity as that person or that group, it is because my ‘rights’ have been violated. It is not due to any fault or error or lack of initiative on my part.”
It is ultimately the responsibility of the individual to learn and grow from his or her own life experiences. If one takes the mantle of perpetual victim-hood, rather than recognizing their contribution to their lot in life and their potential to change it, then they will remain as “victims” to their perception of life.
Human beings are subject to the consequences of their actions in this life and the mindset that precedes it- and ALL the circumstances of our adult lives are first and foremost the direct result of our mindset and to whatever degree we choose to be accountable for it.
Human beings are capable of incredible acts of creativity and resilience, despite the most overwhelming of obstacles. This is a truth that is beyond any setback that can be imagined due to race, sex, religion, orientation, class, physical or even mental capabilities.
There have been great men and women that have risen out of the most abject poverty and oppression. These are ultimately men and women who, at some level, understood and used the Laws of Nature and Creation to their advantage. The Law cares not of your race or your wage. It is not overly complicated or difficult to understand. It just requires your time, patience and willingness to work with it.
We don’t have to agree with what someone says or does, but it is not our right to silence them (as is being done through “political correctness”) or force them to act against their will just because what they say or do hurts our feelings or offends us. Unless the individual is promoting or perpetrating real physical violence (not just saying “I don’t like them”) on an individual or group, there is no justification for interference in their lives.
Be it “Jim Crow” or “Civil Rights”, the State loves making laws saying what people can and cannot do to the point of absurdity. This ultimately fosters a sense of dependence on government by whatever class it is “protecting” at the moment.
The State thrives on convincing people they need it to survive.
No matter what your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or economic status, if you are a fully capable, fully functioning adult, you are capable of manifesting your own freedom in every sense of the word, regardless of where you are. It is the Law. You don’t need an impersonal bureaucratic entity to provide for you.
The question is, do you have the courage and perseverance?
And do you have a strong community; a tribe; a fellowship; a band of brothers or sisters to support you on your quest?
Every moment we choose whether or not we are going to approach life from a position of strength or a position of weakness. When we are connected to Spirit, we are coming from a position of strength. This strength through Spirit gives us the “might” that allows us to utilize “The Law”, i.e. our “right(s)”.
Our “rights” come from our ability to effectively utilize The Law of Manifestation and work with the Laws of Nature and Creation- to become “masters on the grand chessboard”. If we can’t manifest what we feel we are “entitled to”, then it isn’t actually our “right” to have it. In the end, our ability to manifest a good life or a not-so-good life is depends on us, and our understanding of the Laws of Nature and Creation.
We are entitled to nothing in this world except the Light, Life and Love of the Creator. All other things come to us as the result of the strength of our focus and desire; the strength of our moral character and industriousness; and the strength of our knowledge of and connection to the Laws of Nature and Creation.
Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.