I was speaking with a friend online today regarding the NSA’s domestic surveillance program. Much to my dismay, he seemed to be fine with it. He’s proven himself to be an intelligent and persuasive guy in the past so I pressed him on it, hoping he would reveal some groundbreaking new argument that I hadn’t heard before. But unfortunately, he went with the same old clichéd line we’ve all heard a thousand times: “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, why do you care?”
Commence Face-palming in three, two, one… go.
Wrong. It’s a word we use everyday. But what does it mean? Let’s take a page from Justin Nafziger and ask the dictionary:
Unjust, dishonest, immoral
Well, okay then. Your argument seems to be somewhat flawed. Lots of activities don’t fit the definition of “wrong?,” but does that mean they shouldn’t be private? Are you really okay with someone observing you so long as the action you are performing or engaging in isn’t “wrong?”
Do you want people to watch you have sex (yes, I’m well aware that some of you do, but that’s a different topic) with your partner? Sex isn’t wrong. It’s a part of life – the reason that any of us even exist – so you’re okay with an audience?
What about taking a shit? I’m not sure if you’ve heard yet or not, but everyone poops. It’s a completely natural and necessary bodily function. But does that mean that you’re okay with defecating on stage while an audience of strangers looks on? Probably not.
The list of completely natural human functions goes on and on: Masturbating, urinating, crying (hopefully not all at once) and yes, communicating.
Just because something is not “wrong” doesn’t mean you automatically give up your basic right to privacy.
If you still disagree, that’s fine. Please feel free to send the NSA your email address and ask them to check in on you from time to time.
As for the rest of us, we’d prefer to keep out private lives, oh, I don’t know, private… regardless of whether or not you think we are doing anything wrong.
But thank you for your selfless service in helping the government fight terrorism. Maybe they’ll give you a medal or something.
Author: Nick Allison is a combat infantry veteran of the War in Iraq. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife, their children and two big, dumb, ugly mongrel dogs.
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