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Old 04-22-2013, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by BaggagePatrol View Post
I feel similarly about the 'Secondary Bill of Rights'. Felt it merited putting forward a piece from a primary perspective. Essentially I think it all boils down to, "Have integrity, respect and don't be selfish" in all accounts. It was strange to me that there would be a 'Secondary Bill of Rights' but not a 'Primary Bill of Rights'. 'Tis the only reason I proposed one.
I understand the impulse here, but it seems to me the language of rights is out of place in personal relationships, at least if 'rights' = 'things to which I am entitled, which therefore place an obligation on you'.

If you want to formalize something, it might be more helpful to think of it as a "Charter of Mutual (Reasonable) Expectations". As it happens, many of the points set out above might fit more readily under "reasonable expectations" than under "rights".
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