When you get that urge to
express yourself inappropriately...
By Susan Bachant
October 15, 2005
Since when did a person's rights
include being rude and inconsiderate of others? Why is
it that a person's right to be offensive is more important
than another person's right to not be offended?
I want to wear a socially unacceptable T-shirt, so everyone must
put up with it because it is MY RIGHT. I want to stand
in a room full of people and puff on my cigarette filling others
lungs with unwanted smoke because it is MY RIGHT. I want
to blurt out profanity in front of others in public because it
is MY RIGHT. Well what about MY RIGHT to not have
to look at your unacceptable clothing, not have to see parts
of your body I don't want to see, not have to breathe in your
second hand smoke, and not have to hear the trash that comes
out of your mouth. I have rights too, and since when did
my rights become less important than yours.
The fathers of our country did not intend for people to take
their rights to such extremes. They took risk and fought
hard so that we could voice our opinion without having fear of
being thrown in jail for doing such. I am sure they would
be rolling over in their graves if they could see the extremes
people are taking their rights to.
If you want to be socially unacceptable in your own home then
please feel free to do so. Scream at the top of your
lungs, puff on that cigar, and let it ALL hang out. If
you want to do it out in public, then think about the fact that
you are not the only person out there who has rights. Also
remember that businesses, planes, trains, and other people's
homes are areas where people with rights have the ability to
toss you out on your ear when you get that urge to express yourself
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