We talk a lot about rights in this forum. Basic human rights, civil rights, religious rights... Well, I would like to peel back the layers and dissect the true meaning and existence of rights. Our society seems to be bringing more and more amenities under the umbrella of 'rights'. Things like access to the internet or cellular telephones, for example. Are rights completely dependent upon the government? Do we have rights in a vacuum? Can our rights be dependent on someone else? If we have a right to food, for instance, who has a duty to make that right happen? Can it really be a right if it can be absolutely unavailable? How much does a right to life really mean when there are no police and people wish to kill you? If we say that a right is something society deems would be good for everyone to have because the ability to deliver it exists, what happens when that ability disappears? Is there a difference between giving people rights and allocating resources? Could we say, everyone has the right to $100? Is the over-use of rights diminish the whole concept? It also seems that in the US, we are slowly moving away from the right to the 'pursuit of happiness' to the right of 'happiness'. It seems we don't feel the pursuit is 'fair'. I'd like to hear your thoughts.