Choice and control as a right?


Choice and control is regarded as cornerstones to independent living and for the most part this is true. But to argue choice is just a right is incorrect and it is also a responsibility. There is no such thing as free choice because every choice as consequences people must take responsibility for or face the consequences of not doing so.

I worry when people demand the right to the fun choices like going shopping without accepting the responsibilities that go along with them. Shopping requires having money and if people want to go shopping, you need to earn money by working etc. Therefore choice and control comes from participation in society, not absolute human rights, I do not have an absolute human right to buy a specific item especially if I can not afford it.

So a wider choice comes from wider participation and taking responsibility, not sitting at home tweeting a list of demands each day!

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