Constraints -disguised

I have always thought of “privileges” as simply, “constraints disguised”.  Rather than telling us what we CAN do, they often simply define what we cannot do.  When we are “allowed” by law, custom, religious belief, etc, to do certain things, that privilege invokes responsibility. For example, if we can legally drink alcohol, we cannot drink too much or we can be charged with public drunkenness, if we drink and drive we ca be charged with DWI, we cannot, in court use the excuse of “I was drunk” as a real defense against our actions.  These examples are endless. Think, for a minute of a few such circumstances you have encountered. Before we celebrate a new found privilege, we should always remember the constraints involved in accepting it.

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    Michael said,

    Every choice made implies a responsibility to face the consequences of that choice, whether it’s positive or negative. Whether we pick up the burden that embodies that implication… that’s just another choice to be made. Nifty little circle, eh?

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    Sandra Bennett said,

    Great post, Brenda. : )

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    russtowne said,

    And the constraints keep piling up–so much so that our freedom seems to me to keep shrinking.

    Russ


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