Count Me Out

I have a right to not care.

Yes, I think breast cancer is awful. No, I do not want to join an awareness campaign or wear those trivial pink ribbons.

No, I don’t think constantly eating fast food is good for the health… but I won’t join some sort of health crusade, and I certainly won’t try to legislate healthy eating.

Yes, I support the right of consenting adults to do whatever they want to in private, so long as they do not hurt others. No, I am not a “gay rights fan.” I won’t join Pride parades or share inspirational coming out stories. I don’t believe people have an inherent right to be gay. I simply believe that people and their lifestyle choices should be left in peace. Beyond that simple position, I really wish you’d just leave me out of the whole thing.

Though technically a minority myself, I don’t believe in minority rights. I don’t believe disadvantaged minorities have the right to be protected against oppression and abuse. I believe ALL people have the right to be protected against oppression and abuse, regardless of skin color. I don’t believe that all races should be equally protected. I believe that people should be. There are no races.

I hope you get the picture by now. I believe in the universal freedom of all mankind to live their peaceful lives as they see fit. But when you go pushing your pet social movement, pressuring and shaming people to support not just your right to live as you see fit, but your point of view as well, please count me out.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.