What is Our Social Contract?

May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.+

This week has been difficult.

Earlier this week I was feeling very disheartened at the callous, selfish attitude of some on social media for other people’s lives with regard to Covid-19.

Then, a white police officer murdered, Yes Murdered!, a black man while 3 other officers stood by and did nothing.

I am profoundly sad and angry!

A society is built on a basic social contract, unwritten rules of social interaction and behavior, and agreement by all to follow those rules.  A society is only as strong as that social contract. When a people’s rights are infringed upon or broken the society fails.

But part of our social contract as Americans is our Constitution that was created to afford every American the opportunities to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Those who will not wear a mask, practicing social distancing to protect someone else’s life, violates the social contract.
  • Those who take an innocent man’s life violate the social contract

These two actions make me question if a social contract really exists. If it does not, then where are we and how do we go forward? Do we go forward?

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