a reply to: ratsinacage
It is what some call "natural law".
I think it's simply a question of "where do I end and you begin?" If I expect to have my boundaries respected, I shall have to respect yours. If I
want to have security and freedom myself, I must allow you to have yours as well, I must not violate you.
I was just discussing this with my 8-year-old son. He wanted his big sister to swim with him, but since she didn't feel like it he scribbled on a
picture she drew, then she couldn't swim with him because she was busy re-doing her drawing. So I took the opportunity to reason with him, explain
that he doesn't have control over her and he can't destroy her things to coerce her, and doing so does not get him what he wants. If he wants
someone's cooperation, he needs to respect that they have a choice NOT to cooperate with him if they don't like how he asks (or in some cases
When it comes to individuals in public, most people understand there are boundaries. These boundaries become more of an issue, and there can be more
violations, when it comes to personal relationships. That is if we're not explicit in describing what our boundaries are.
We're practically raised to believe that these boundaries need not be observed and respected by authority figures and/or organizations that we
perceive to be more powerful than the individuals composing it. So, if we feel ourselves to be "an authority" in some sense, we think we have rights
that supersede the rights of our "subordinates", therefore we can violate them. It's authoritarian philosophy and conditioning.
Our governments (or the individuals composing them) believe they have the right to control individuals in their land and also to challenge the
authority of other governments over the individuals on their lands. Hey, if those people believe in authority, they should believe in the "right"
authority, correct? Let's go impress them with our particular way of violating their rights and replacing them with the privileges that we think they
should have. They'll love it.
Corporations (or the individuals composing them) believe they have rights that supersede even the powers of governments. They want to spread their
power and influence as well. They control governments and make sure there are loop-holes they can take advantage of in order to exploit the population
I don't think there's any way, without more ridiculous authoritarianism, to literally keep those forces of evil within their national borders. The
only way I can imagine addressing the problem would be to circumvent the authoritarian power struggle. No group, no matter how many people are
composing it, has more rights than the individual. If we could somehow add this simple idea as a foundational part of our culture, it would be much
more difficult for those who desire the power-to-exploit to actually gain the support necessary to obtain it.
(Not all of this is directed at ratsinacage only, it was just their comment that got me going on this train of thought.)