Not Just About Me

Erzebet - Mio, Michigan
Entered on December 13, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50

I believe is in having rights. I have the right of free speech, but not the right to insult people with my words. I have the right to listen to loud music, yet I do not have the right to disturb others with my loud music. I have the right to drive a car with a loud exhaust, but I do not have the right to disturb my fellow man with the noise. I have the right to wear whatever clothes I choose, but I do not have the right to expose myself and insult or offend others. I have the right to drink alcohol when I am 21 years old, but I do not have the right to get drunk and use it as an excuse for my actions. I have the right to own a pet, but I do not have the right to allow my pet to run loose and damage or harm your property and be a nuisance or a threat to others.

I have the right to smoke a cigarette, but I do not have the right to inflict others with my cigarette smoke. I may smoke in a restaurant, but you should not have cigarette smoke burn yours eyes, or have your meal taste of smoke. When you leave the restaurant, your clothes should not smell like a cigarette.

I have the right to choose what T.V. program to watch, yet I do not have the right to force others to watch the same program. I have the right to eat the foods I choose, yet I do not have the right to force anyone to like the same foods I do. If I like Chinese food and you do not, I should not force you to eat Chinese.

I have the right to receive a good education, but I do not have the right to deny others a good education. I have the right to have an expensive car, house or jewelry, yet I do not have the right to belittle someone who does not have the same things as I do. If I own a Lincoln Navigator (a $60,000 vehicle) and you have a two- toned mini van, I should not refuse to ride in your vehicle just because you can not afford a vehicle like mine. I have the right to protest, yet I do not have the right to disturb the peace. I have the right to burn the American flag, yet I do not have the right to insult the men and women serving my country, or the ones died fighting for my rights.

I believe that my right to make choices ends when your right to make choices begins.