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Privacy, a Human Right or a necessity for an Enlightened Society

Updated on May 10, 2014

Is that my sunset?

Itch your own itch baby and stop scratching mine
Itch your own itch baby and stop scratching mine | Source

Nowadays privacy seems to revolve around sex.

Don't Ask Don't Tell. The concept itself is righteous. Apply it to religious belief and we all get it. Apply it to sexual preference and it seems like it should be just plain generally accepted. But it is not.

And so it is, that privacy is just as much about keeping in private on your own. In intellectual property law there is a well settled notion that if you put your invention out in the public eye before you patent it, you cannot have a protect-able patent. The fun case on it was a man who made a corsette/girdle for his wife. Oh my! to show it off, she wore it to a ball/social event. It was held that he had placed it in the public domain. Makes one wonder just how loosey goosey this gal was!

The point is that if you want something kept private then keep it that way. But do not come complaining if you put it out there.

So the paranoid freak has more of an expectation of privacy than the exhibitionist. The user that erases his internet search history every day, more than one like me who never does. Even the guy that uses his birth date for a pin number is less entitled than the guy that uses a number sequence reflecting a dogs' name which died before he was born.

I hope we get the picture.

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I do reckon I change some folks lives, so they have a right to know about me.

I would like to be a turtle, but I am not one.
I would like to be a turtle, but I am not one. | Source

Now let us address reporters and lawyers and priests and married people.

A wife cannot be compelled to give testimony about private marital matters against her husband. A lawyers' client can demand that what was said between him and his lawyer is privileged and the lawyer must obey. The priest at a confessional cannot reveal what was revealed to him. A reporter must not reveal the source of information if it was given confidentially. That there is pretty black and white with very little gray area and that coming in the context usually of a third party present or not relevant as it was just conversation with no expectation of privacy.

So along comes shades of gray: A man has a law degree but is not licensed, he preaches but is not ordained, he is in a common law marriage (no certificate) and he writes online reporting on issues of the day. His wife comes to him along with their daughter, and reveals that she killed someone. Hmmmm, Can the man make that public?

Privacy and honesty sometimes conflict.

What expectation of privacy does the woman have?

I do believe that she should expect and be confident in her private discussions. I do not want the government to be in my head or private conversations.

So we ask ourselves about the Fox reporter targeted and the AP info improperly garnered and we say: Is there anything more important than our right to privacy.

(loosen up your panties,,, the woman only thought because she did not give a homeless man money, that his death from exposure and alcoholism was her fault)

My government should stay out of my business --- does that extend to Automatic Weapons, perhaps, does it extend to freedom of the press and the sanctity of marriage and faith based communications, for sure. Guard your rights please so that others can enjoy them.

Love is a private affair

People who do PDA's are just fine, I suppose. But somehow they want the world to know. I remember a man and a woman about 9 years ago, embracing in front of a beautiful moonlit fountain in a place called Balboa Park. Idealic is an understatement. Boojum Trees and lilies the size of car tire, a rose garden giving of scent in Florida Canyon, a giant lemon tree and Bougenvillias lining the 1909 architecture. And they embraced naturally, and now have a beautiful child with more love than reality and more caring than proof will ever be.

And so their love was public I do suppose. But it was private and could not be penetrated by camera or intruder. That, for the whole world to see was private. And to this day they gather the boy child and do a circle hug. That is private but the world is still welcome.

The writer writes of the most intimate details, and shares feelings. Moonlit nights and stormy fights are shared and made into bigger more important things than they might have been. Yet there is another thing about the writer. They confront on a daily basis and actually put into words that which normal people blow over and would rather forget than consider. It makes them a bit different. Good or bad different is hard to tell, but different.

I reckon, big old world that my moral is that a writer has no privilege. We write the most private details and share our most intimate details, and filet our hearts for the world to see. A writer has no privacy.

Somehow this book got written, was there any exptectation of privacy?

An artist that hides his work would be crazy
An artist that hides his work would be crazy | Source


What a sac concept. That is not a violation privacy that is a violation of respect. To repeat what someone says when you were not a witness is not appropriate. If I were to say there is one thing that people who do not like churches have a beef with it is gossip. Every church I have ever been in has the problem.

And so does every school I have attended. And so has every large company I have ever worked with and it is not confined to certain nationalities, cultures, sex, race or age.

So gossip makes people often afraid to act --- and that is horrible.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a fine balance you do strike Lurana. And I do not imagine you should even be considering a corset ;-) On the ruling, all male courts were the rule at the time.

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      5 years ago

      This hit a chord with me, especially the part about privacy and writers---I'm a very private person BUT I feel that the best art is I guess I'll choose agonizing public vulnerability over shallow writing.

      Interesting info about patents---I feel like the corset shouldn't have been considered public domain under the law, though I see the point.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I can get way out there by myself. I like it, but I think it makes me weird for most people. However it just seems to me that it makes you better at what you are --- (I am still combing the universe for what that is;-) Something is sure though, I like our relationship, not so close that I can smell you flatualate, but close enough to hear you sigh. Our friendship is forged through invading each others privacy just enough to understand each other. A blessing.

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      5 years ago

      I have more privacy than most as a writer, Sir Eric, because I am first and foremost a storyteller but that said I suppose I have a 'confessional' side to me more in my comments to others. That is perhaps when you really see/read the other true side of Colin.

      I love my privacy and being a 'lone wolf' with no family and few friends where I live offers me total liberation, independence and freedom.

      Perhaps too much freedom, lol, sometimes I feel like I need a good editor or a probation officer, lol.

      I always remember the chilling future as told by George Orwell in 1984 and in a sense with survellience now and camera phones everywhere we have created our own Big Brother.

      Once again your writing provides me much food for thought and you always walk that fine line between emotional and intellectual thinking which makes you so unique and always a pleasure to read.

      Sending to you my warmest wishes dear friend as always from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 5:21pm

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truth on that.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Very well said. You are right. Writers have to be prepared to share both their private and public lives and be prepared about all the comments and criticism and whatever else comes with it. I guess in a way you could say that a writer needs a pretty thick skin.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora I just exchanged views with a lovely Christian girl. She insists that complete openness and honesty should be given to everyone we meet. That is sweet, but I sure as heck ain't sharing something private with her!

      I promise to my friends not to share too much.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you're right about us writers having no privacy. We share when sharing serves our purpose. Could sharing be worth it for the people who share sex, love, girdle etc.? So perhaps privacy on what people choose to keep private should be respected. I like your last illustration.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will Eddy, I already read a great poem that was happy, joyous and free and so shall I be. Thank you.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read as always Eric .

      Greatly appreciated and voted up.

      Enjoy your day.


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My darling, I have been so pleased to go travel and venture into Puerto Rico lately with you. Your pigeon happy brought great joy. A man that I admire most, along with the Holy Ghost wrote this to me sometime ago, though he did not know me: Obedience of the law is the greatest freedom.

      You walk in good footsteps with your perspective, I pray to learn from you. Oh that was a guy named Lincoln.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Freedom doesn't mean the absences of restrictions. The real freedom respects the freedom of others. Soren Kierkegaard quoted: "People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

      You have many ideas here, we will be talking about this theme endless. Thanks for sharing. I got the message.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Chris, nice to hear from you. Like you, I live in my head most the time. So in reality only my actions are an open book but not my brain. I am afraid I would lose all my friends through boredom if I were to fill them in.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Of course, when we write, we are putting something into the public domain but we can still maintain our privacy. Our secret thoughts remain our own unless we choose to broadcast them. I would say that about ninety percent of my life is strictly private and never gets into print. That's what suits me. Others prefer to do things differently.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billy I must say even though I am among your biggest fans. Please do not fall into the TMI category ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For the most part I am an open book, but there are still parts of my life I keep safely tucked away....maybe some day. :) Well done, Eric.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We have an old saying "any Press is good Press". If you are writing to be heard it is true. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You made some interesting points above. When you write something, obviously you want people to read it. And they may give a positive or a negative feedback. Both views should be taken in good spirit.

      Very well done!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our hearts are not ours alone to feel. I feel your heart and love which is contained so sweetly and quietly in yours my dear Cat, let freedom reign.

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      5 years ago from New York


      Nicely done and oh so true! It is bittersweet, for some just bitter and other's just sweet. We invite people in; with that invitation we need to accept the good, the bad and the ugly that may follow as a result. I for one have never been bitter with those who oppose me, or my words, in fact I encourage the honesty, whatever that may be. Beautifully done my dear friend!



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