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The Balance Between Personal Freedoms And Responsibilities!

I am sick – and – tired, of those, who, either, wrap – themselves – in – the – flag, or claim, some violation of their personal freedoms and rights, because, some policy, doesn’t conform with their personal/ political agenda, and/ or, perceived, self – interest!

By Richard Brody

I am sick – and – tired, of those, who, either, wrap – themselves – in – the – flag, or claim, some violation of their personal freedoms and rights, because, some policy, doesn’t conform with their personal/ political agenda, and/ or, perceived, self – interest! Aren’t there, times, when, the greater good, should/ must, take the priority, over, these perceptions? Although, it shouldn’t, it seems, to many, there is a somewhat – fine line, between, personal freedoms, and the common good, rather than, realizing, the emphasis, should be, on what should be, common needs, etc! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 concerning examples, of these behaviors.

1. Using masks/ social distancing: Although, recently, the Center for Disease Control, stated, we have, finally, reached the point, where masks, and social distancing, may be, no longer needed, by those, who have received vaccinations (at least 2 weeks, since the final one), for the first year (or, more), of this horrific pandemic, it should have been, everyone’s personal responsibility to cooperate, and wear a mask, and social distance, for the greater good! Even, now, when vaccinated people, supposedly, don’t need, to continue, wearing a mask, others, are, still, supposed to, but, unfortunately, assumes, a certain level of cooperation, and emphasis on the greater good, and putting public health, ahead of personal preferences, which, our previous observations (and the behaviors, of some), indicate, has not been, their pattern!

2. Vaccinations: The best way, and most effective, to beat this pandemic, is to reach, what we refer to, as, herd immunity! Realistically, the only way, for us to do so, is, if the vast majority (probably, at least 80%, or so), were vaccinated! Public health experts/ authorities, inform us, these vaccinations, are safe and effective, so, why, do so many, refuse to cooperate! Of course, it is our right, to either, take, or refuse, it should be considered, each of our, personal responsibility!

3. Freedom of speech: Freedom of speech, does not, give one, the right, to scream, fire, in a theater, or to slander another person, etc! This protection must not be considered, more essential, than public safety, and, when we see, certain political leaders, use their rights, to distort, and/ or, lie, and use, inflammatory, rhetoric, etc, this is not, what our Founding Fathers, had, in – mind!

4. Freedom to assemble/ protest: We should have the right to assemble, and protest, any policy, position, actions, etc, which we feel, need to reconsidered! However, while peaceful protests, are legal, and desirable, when they become vehicles, for crimes, threats, arson, and looting, etc, and/ or, focus on hate – speech, encouraging hate – crimes, it has gone, over the line!

5. Sane gun safety/ controls: The 2nd Amendment, originally, was created, to protect, a state’s rights, to create its own militia, to protect itself, against foreign invasion. This included the right – to – bear – arms, but, one must remember, the guns, of those days, needed to be reloaded, after every shot (and took close to 2 minutes)! We license drivers, and register cars, so, why don’t we do likewise, regarding guns? Shouldn’t there be a requirement, in terms of physical and mental health, and proficiency/ gun safety, etc?

I’m tired of those, who claim, everything, which doesn’t favor, their personal/ political agenda, and/ or, self – interest, as some violation of their so – called, rights! We need some sanity, in how, we interpret, and apply, this balance!

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands, conducted personal development seminars, and worked on political campaigns, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. Website: http://plan2lead.net and LIKE the Facebook page for common sense: http://facebook.com/commonsense4all

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