Freedom for me, but not for thee

It has occured to me that a certain mindset can be summed up neatly as “freedom for me, but not for thee.” As in, “I can be free to choose not to wear a mask, but you can’t be free to choose what to do with your own body.” Or, alternatively, “you get thrown in jail for minor infractions, but I get away with a minor fine for disturbing the entire national economy.

This sort of contradictory/hypocritical thinking has become dangerously common as of late – both because of how blatently unfair it is, but also because of how insidiously attractive it can be if you’re on the side that benefits from it.

It is one thing to have an opinion on something (“people should not be able to do ‘x'”), but quite another (very selfish) thing to have an opinion with an exception for yourself.

By Keith Survell

A geek, programmer, amateur photographer, anime fan and crazy rabbit person.

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