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The Only Right

The only right which each and every human being has is the right to struggle.

To try is the only thing we can claim as ours.

To have or possess? That is only ours if we succeed in our struggle, and it may be taken away without notice or consent or fault.

To deserve? Not ours. Aesops Cricket ‘worked’ playing his violin and claiming the world owed him a living, and yet nothing was owed him. And yet consider the ants. I would count myself among Aesops faithful and hardworking ants much more readily than among his lax and laxadaisical crickets. However, what if, after all that work storing food all summer long, a storm came and wiped out the ants supply? Do they deserve the supply? How can they? Who do they petition for a redress? Before whom would they lay their grievance?

It’s futile and pointless to live in a state of deservation.

The only right there is is to struggle, to try.

Anybody who claims otherwise is lying and manipulating. And if you believe you deserve, you’re the unhappier one for it.

Just A Question…

Do we have a right to pursue happiness as was written in our Declaration of Independence?

…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Just a thought brought up by my wife.

My thoughts:

God has given us liberty and rights, two very different things. Liberty being an unfettered freedom resultant from His gift of freewill. Rights being more ‘directional’ I suppose.

There is no right to kill or lie or commit any immoral action. While there remains a liberty to do any of that.

God will not ‘strike you down’ if you sin. He reserves judgement for the end of time and the beginning of eternity for each and every one.

But while here on earth, the right we have is to glorify Him.

Perhaps a right is a combination of an obligation and a freedom? Maybe a purpose and a right are similar?