Wednesday, October 20, 2010
As recently announced on Facebook, and this in response to my needing-a-diaper-change two year-old: your right to stink your stink ends where my nose begins.
Speaking of stinkers: your right to a perfect world ends where my imperfection begins.
And thus also: your right to a perfect world ends where your imperfection begins.
Your identification of a perfect religion ends well before it begins to convince many others
And thus also: your right to persuade others of the perfect religion ends where their resistance begins.
Your right to hand out pamphlets, knock on doors, and offer unrequested prayers is matched by others’ right to say ‘get lost,’ ‘the baby’s sleeping,’ and ‘tell-da big guy I say yo.’ Your right to persist ends when they say it ends.
Your right to be wrong (by denying evolution, for example) ends where the education of my child begins; your right to be right (by proclaiming your revealed truth, say) ends there also. So let’s offer a curriculum that gives students skills, knowledge, and power.
Your right to deny global warming ends when my morning cereal boils before it enters the microwave.