2. Understanding Rights

Rights are basically of two types: Yours and Mine.

If I take care of your rights, then you won’t have to worry about protecting your own rights.

Similarly, if you are sensitive about my rights, I won’t have my defenses up nor will I be a “me firster”!

Of course, sometimes both of us may be unaware about the other’s rights or may make a mistake in assessing the other’s rights. For that reason, even in the best of worlds, we need to be aware about our own rights in case we have to stand up for them.

Thus, in life, awareness of one’s rights does not always have to lead to assertion of those rights.

In a collectivistic society, mutual rights are more likely to be recognized and respected. An individualistic society because of its preoccupation with the self can be cold, harsh, calculating and selfish.

Thus, a largely duty oriented society is likely to be more placid, nurturing, forgiving, sharing. Collective success is likely to be as much respected as individual success.

An individualistic society can be quick to action and get into an uproar, resorting to finger pointing, much sooner than a collectivistic society.

The point of this discussion is to carve out life which has healthy levels of individualism within a collectivistic framework. In recovering from addiction, one may have to insert more collectivistic norms, habits and a sense of duty and responsibility to offset or reduce strident individualism or me-first syndrome.

TPTChoice Team

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