What price is everyone else's?
Originally Posted by Savayan
An interesting question, no doubt. Of what rights are we assured? The total freedom to do anything we want, when, where, to whom we want? Where is there a line?
I don't even pretend to think that a religious background gives you rights over and above Society's laws and suggestions. It must come from our individual social 'units' - marijuana is accepted in some countries, but a serious crime in others. So where did they draw the line? In the sand, the same sand where their ancestors laid down the rules for their young, and were passed on, eventually to you and I?
Hypothetical - what if marijuana had been 'discovered' in biblical times - perhaps something like it had (wine, for one), and was smoked in social settings over the generations to now supplant Bud Lite as the most prevalent Super Bowl commercial. A different line, perhaps.
You can quote the Bill of Rights and every other document, but were they not written in a different time, in different settings? You would be considered a lunatic if you tried to put internet restrictions in the Constitution way back then. So where does their line in the sand start and end?
It's a line that constantly has to be moved, with changing conditions and, most importantly today, technology. The Founding Fathers would certainly cringe at the concept of hanging a TV monitor from every tree on Main Street, to look for child molestors.
...or would they?... assume they suddenly thought that moving pictures of crimes might be put on a polycarbonate disk and replayed on a glass tube, to be used as evidence against the guilty... even though child molestation has been going on for centuries, millennia--wasn't it accepted in high places in Rome?