Can you tell me what’s wrong with this very popular picture traveling around on Facebook? On the surface, it sounds like a very live-and-let-live approach to life. Think it through though…
First, not all of these things should be lumped together as “rights”. Given the spectrum of the list, it’s like comparing apples, horse shoes & Volkswagens. Also, factor in the reality that a large subset of society routinely chooses the easy, fun & hedonistic option over the smart considerate one, no matter WHAT the better option is ~OR~ the impact on others.
Gay marriages, guns , abortions & sex fall into a different area than smoking, alcohol & drugs & they shouldn’t be lumped together.
Regarding rights, I definitely have the right to NOT be subjected to second-hand smoke–one person’s right ends when it negatively impacts the right of another. Alcohol is fine, in moderation & in an appropriate manner & setting. With that being said, I have the right to drive without getting hit by a drunk driver, or go to the mall without being accosted by a drunk. Regarding drugs: I have the right to NOT be jacked by someone tweaked out on meth. I also have the right to NOT have my home broken into by some drug-seeking individual whose concept of rights & boundaries have been blurred by addiction or substances. Are you picking up what I’m putting down???