Illusions of Rights

Updated: Jul 25

I don't believe in privileges. I don't demand rights, not even equality. Give me challenges and disadvantages. It's only by overcoming them that I have become the man I am. Since the inception of liberal democracies, people have worshiped rights. But they are misled.

First, most rights can be violated safely. Consider non-discrimination. There is no way to tell if a man was not offered a job because he practiced a different religion. The interviewer can make up anything to reject him, like "we had 10,000 applications this time. Unfortunately,...". Similarly, freedom of speech is violated by labelling someone's speech as hateful.

Second, rights are meaningless if people don't understand the moral underpinnings or lack common sense. In the example above, the moral reason is that a meritorious society produces a virtuous and prosperous population. If the aforementioned man makes the best computers, he should be offered that job so he can bless the customers with his skills. Common sense dictates that not taking the best applicant means letting a competitor take him or worse -- he might start his own company and become a competitor. Contrarily, if people understood the moral or the economic rationale for non-discrimination, a law wouldn't be needed.

Third, rights and laws enforcing them allow evil to hide in plain sight. In college, it was clear I was getting discriminated against. My black friends thought it was because of my skin colour. I doubted it because they seemed to have a problem with what I used to say not what I looked like. Only post-graduation did I discover that things I used to say were considered right-wing or offensive. I openly criticized political correction, feminism, denied institutional racism, etc. I delivered a speech exposing the hypocrisy of feminism in my second semester. I knew not why everyone was stunned, and why the only judge who liked my speech congratulated me in person. I was given the last position but he asked me to keep speaking. They couldn't discriminate openly because it is illegal. The illusion kept the truth hidden. Another form of discrimination rampant in the South was discrimination against non-Christians. Again, southern Christians couldn't openly discriminate because they had to pretend that they don't.

I wish Mississippi State University wasn't subjected to any law, so they could proudly declare themselves "repugnant of conservative thought". This would allow prospective students to know what they are getting into before they apply. Many would choose not to go. Declining enrollment would cause its powers to reconsider their behaviour. Similarly, if southern Christians openly discriminated against "the gentiles", the world would find out and not go there. If I knew it, I would have spent my college budget somewhere else. The payments I made to the apartments, the car mechanics, the barbers, and the small businesses would have gone somewhere else. If all foreign students knew it, they would have stayed out of the Bible Belt. The economic and cultural loss would have been divine justice. It doesn't mean, however, that divine justice has been forestalled. It simply will be doubled because two infractions were committed -- discrimination and a collective lie of non-discrimination.

Man shouldn't beg his rulers for rights because rights are useless. He should face life with courage regardless of what is given, opportunities, or obstacles. He shouldn't beg for equal opportunities (it is a myth, to begin with). The world owes him nothing. He should not look for fairness, for his vision is limited. What he considers unfair might become his strength in hindsight. He shouldn't worry about man-made notions of justice, for justice is not man's job. It is divine. Man's notions of justice, which includes rights, only hinder divine justice. Thus, he should just do his job, tell the truth, and keep it 100.

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