Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dreams

Would you say following your dreams is a privilege or a right?

25 comments:

tencentnotes said...

Neither. I'd say it's a struggle more than anything else.

Steve Brezenoff said...

I'd say it's a right to follow. Catching them, though, is a privilege.

Amy said...

interesting question. I'd say both.

Simply_Megan said...

Definitely a right. Your question is reminiscent of the Constitution, and I think the pursuit of happiness is kinda like following your dreams.

Catt said...

I say it's a right. Everyone should have a chance to reach their dream. But I agree with Steve, catching them is a privilege

HelenB said...

I think it depends entirely on what your dreams are... No one has the right to follow their dreams if other people need to make sacrifices in order for them to succeed.

Michelle said...

I think everyone has the right to follow their own dreams.

Taren said...

It depends on the dream. If your dream is to not go to bed hungry every night, that's a right that everyone is entitled to. If your dream is to be an astronaut, that's a privilege you'll have to work toward.

Steph said...

Taren, let's assume everyone's dream is beyond basic existential necessities.

Saundra Mitchell said...

I think it's a right to follow your dream. You're lucky if you catch it, you have an obligation not to step on other people's dreams in the process, but I think it's an absolute right to follow your dream. That's what makes us more than animals- we dream of things bigger than ourselves, we pursue them.

Meghan said...

I think it should be a right, but when given the opportunity should be treated like a privilege. In my opinion, you're pretty lucky if you get to follow your dreams.

Elizabeth said...

I think it's a tragedy that in practice, it's a privilege most people will never get to realize.

Gay said...

Steve has said it quite poetically, and Simply_Megan has pointed out that it's a restatement of a constitutional right. What we're never guaranteed in this life, however, is that our dreams will come true or that following them will be easy--and all too often, we forget that part and start to develop a sense of entitlement.

beth said...

Either: it is a dream, not a mandate, so you can chose whether or not you take it as prviledge or a right.

Amee said...

I think it's something you have to pursue and work toward. So it's a privilege to achieve it and a right to have it.

Iryna said...

I agree with Beth: It depends on how you look at it and what you think. Do you want it to be a privilege or a right?

Jennifer said...

I'd go with "miracle, if you can pull it off."

Donna said...

It's a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. We have the right to life, liberty and the *pursuit* of happiness. Actually achieving your dreams is neither a guarantee nor a right.

Megan said...

I'd say it's a right to follow...a privilege to achieve.

Vasilly said...

I agree with tencentnotes. I think it is a struggle. But if your dream is the right one, it's worth it.

Reader Rabbit said...

It's your right to follow it, but you have to be pretty lucky to actually achieve it.

But then also, what if the thing you thought was your "dream" turns out to be the opposite?
*random*

katie said...

I think it is definitely a little bit of both. Sadly, some people are not lucky enough to be able to say that chasing their dreams is a right. Luckily, I am not one of those people.

Maya Ganesan said...

I don't think it's either. Anyone should be able to follow their dreams - a lot of deserving people aren't able to. And it's not a right, either, because sometimes you just can't.

All the stars have to line up for you to be able to follow your dreams. So what category does that go in?

nikki said...

Eh, depends on what your dream is. Do you dream of becoming a famous serial killer? That's neither a right nor a privilege. If you aren't doing anything illegal though you do have a right to follow your dream. You don't have a right to have your dream come true though.

All to often, following dreams is a privilege of the privileged.

Anonymous said...

I think a lot of people take that part of the Constitution to mean stepping on everyone around them. "It would make me happy to never have to work and to abandon my wife and children to foreclosure and starvation while I pursue my dream of becoming a professional finger puppeteer."

Sorry, dude. You don't have that privilege.

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