I often hear arguments about what are human rights, or civil rights. So many days people cry about the right to marriage as gays, or the right to abortion as women, but they never call it a right to abortion they call it a right of choice. Others claim they have the right to good housing, and food.
I am here today to share my opinion on all of this, feel free to refute me or add on to whatever I missed.
Let me start off by saying, IF science created it, you do not have a right to it. If the right has not always existed, it should never exist, and with that we shall begin with abortion.
As far as the interwebs can tell me the first record of a medical style abortion occurred during 1550 BC. There are Egyptian medical texts that elude to ways in which they used plants to induce abortion. So this science is old, but it is still science, if WW3 began tomorrow and nukes caused emp waves that knocked out all technology in the world, abortions would most likely be no more. Many women however argue that this is a right to choice not a right to the physical action, that it is their body so they can do what they want with it. If this was true, then why would drug use be illegal? This is clearly a choice people make, and given ideal conditions it really can affect only the user where abortion affects the mother, mentally the father, and prevents the existence of a life . How about the issue of assisted suicide, as far as I know, the government has deemed that little act illegal, but you do not see people fighting the government in masses over their personal choice to die. You indeed to have the right to choose action, it is part of our free will, but you do not have a right to services and time provided by others, that was pretty solidly struck down when good ole Abe Lincoln went to war to end slavery.
Lets go to marriage and the homosexuals and straights now. We definitely have the right to love whoever we want, however we want. Emotions are not scientific, they for the most part cannot be controlled, and we have had them since the beginning of man, weather you believe in creationism or Darwinism. THAT being said marriage is a creation of mankind, or God depending on who you talk to. It for a long time in Christian history stood as a bond between man woman and God. In recent years the U.S. government has made incentives for marriage with tax breaks, which some what removed the religious aspect of it. The reality of marriage is, it is not marriage if some one does not recognize it, and if you need a third party to confirm your right, then it really is not a right, straight or gay. God recognizes marriage of those who fall under his covenant, and the government recognizes the rest. Either one of them can change their mind, pretty freaking quick, and so marriage is not a right for any one. It is a privilege, that honestly is disrespected in America.
Now my friends, let us address the oldest argument of food. Back in the day before supermarkets individuals worked for their food, they hunted, they foraged, they fished. Humans were born gatherers, we had to find food to fill our bellies. But we had to fight and kill to keep our food to survive. Many people cry in America today we have enough food to feed every one, that no person has to go hungry, and while I believe this is a good sentiment, and in an ideal world hunger is defeated, the simple existence of a resource does not mean every person is entitle to it, that they have a right to it. Diamonds exist in abundance, but no one is crying that every person has the right to a coffer of diamonds in their basement. Perhaps this is because the gathering of diamonds is hard dangerous work, or perhaps because precious gems only show our vanity and no person wants to be accused of being vain. Think now about how hard it is today to grow all that food. Farmers manage thousands of acres of land, tilling them with machines that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They work from sunrise to sunset, planting watering and harvesting crops. Then they have to store them in silos bigger than most houses in the world until they have been inspected and deemed safe for consumers. Then they have to deliver them on trucks and boats and trains, all pieces of technology that make life a little easier but cost tens of thousands of dollars if not hundreds of thousands a year to operate per device. Then supermarkets have to employ people to stock them, have to pay utility costs to keep you food cold, have to pay taxes to the government for the money they make. Perhaps before technology was a thing and mother nature was the sole provider of food, you could argue you have as much a right to that bush of berries over there as me, but today that cannot be said with a good conscious, unless you want to remove mans right to not be a slave.
Good housing, this term it drives me insane. Fist of all good is subjective, my neighbors house is better than mine to some, because it is bigger has more rooms, its lawn is greener, and I bet it is a tad bit warmer. My house however is perfect for me, it is good. I have expanded my possessions to fill it, but not to over fill it. I have no children so I do not need a second room. It is small, and in need of a new roof, but it does not leak yet. It could use a fresh coat of paint inside and out, and perhaps I will get to that one day. Then there are those that live in mud huts. Sturdy constructions with one room were you eat sleep and gather together with your family, many people would call those good homes. Then there are homeless, that have their boxes under bridges, or their tents in the woods, and they would call their spots good spots, if they were not good spots why would they go there. The merit of what is good aside and who gets to decide what is good, I argue that you have no more right to housing than you do to food. Once again houses take time and science to create, wires for electricity I doubt any individual in America could create with out the help of industry. Logging for wood is a very difficult task, and one that you must pay for if you intend on doing it legally. Then there is the land on which your home would reside. I am not personally aware of any part of the U.S. that has not been payed for and claimed already, if I am wrong let me know and I will gladly claim it for myself. Once again this moves to a manpower and right to be reimbursed for your labor. You cannot give every one a right to a home, and at the same time prohibit slavery. Even if a man is free to go about his day, when you demand he provide a service for free, or below a cost at which allows him to survive independently you essentially make him a slave.
I did not mention this in my first paragraph but lets move to the most current of topics, healthcare. Medicine as we know it is derived from science. People have spent thousands of years, testing plants for treatments, mapping the human body to identify anomalies, designing new techniques to minimize damage in surgery. It is unreal to me, that people argue access to medicine is a human right. People choose to be doctors, to spend years and a hundred thousand dollars or so to learn their trade. Once they finish college, their education still continues. They must attend seminars, practice at their residencies, and invent new procedures if they desire to be at the top of the game. Many hospital doctors work 70 plus hour weeks, because the demand is so high, and those who are smart enough or patient enough or have hands steady enough to be doctors do not number high among us. There are countries with socialized medicine, but they have not always had socialized medicine. Tax payers pay for every one to have access, and honestly if every one payed into a system the same dollar amount for healthcare, that had access to it, I would be OK with that system, but it is not a right. You do not have a right to my money (taxes), and you do not have a right to a doctors time.
There are very few human rights you have simply because you exist. You have the right to assembly in America, but not every country. Free speech is a right I believe you have because your tongue is your own, but in many countries exercising this right will result in imprisonment or death. Also you have a right to movement, and to pursue whatever makes you happy. Mind you the ability to pursue does not guarantee the achieving of that, we all have the right to fail. You have the right to freedom, so long as you abide by the laws presented before you, and you have a right to defend yourself, from bad people and bad government. You have the right to think in your head whatever you desire, your thoughts cannot be taken away, and have always existed.
Even our founders some of the wisest men who lived, did not recognize marriage, housing, food, healthcare, or abortion as a right. In fact most of the rights they established were in place to limit the government and had little to do with your humanity.