Given the current trending of posts amongst those folks I read regarding the topic of “needs“, I think it is time to dust off an over-two-year-old post and copy-paste it in its entirety (turns out I wrote some rather decent stuff back in the day):
You know what? I am getting really, really gorramed tired of the “need” argument coming up in reference to handguns, “assault rifles”, and all of the other fun, “evil”, nasty-looking firearms and equipments that are out there. You see it all over the place these days… “You do not need an ‘assault rifle’ to hunt/defend yourself/open a can of soda,” “You do not need that kind of caliber to stop someone from attacking you,” “Why do you need that many firearms?” Yadda yadda flipping yadda.
I am sorry, but who the frak died and made you grand bloody arbiter of what other people need and do not need? Piss off and mind your own gorrammed business, life, and matters.
I can guarantee you that at least 50% of the people driving SUVs on the road today do not “need” them.
I can guarantee you that a fair number of people in this country do not “need” houses as large as they have.
I can guarantee you that no child (or anyone else, for that matter) “needs” an XBox, Playstation, or Wii – books have worked pretty gorramed well for the past few hundred years, not to mention that wild and wooly “outside” thing.
I can guarantee you that few, if any, families “needs” more than one computer, or more than one television. Hell, a fairly decent argument could be made that no one really “needs” a television in general… how many do you have?
I can guarantee you that few people need as much heating and air conditioning as they probably pump into their overly large, not-”needed” houses… just put on or take off a few more layers if you feel uncomfortable.
I can guarantee you that few people “need” as much money as they make… oh, but wait – the great and almighty Obamamessiah has already seen fit to tend to that problem, has he not?
And that is what all of this comes down to it, is it not? Nothing more than a combination of abject jealousy and projection. On the one hand, we have a group of people being greedy little twits, approaching the world from a perspective of, “If they can have it, I deserve to have it too!” Well guess what dumbass – if you work as hard as they do, plan ahead as much as they do, and prove to be as productive a member of society as they are (or are otherwise extraordinarily lucky, depending), you can have all of their nice, shiny gizmos, too. And on the other hand, we have a (not-necessarily-distinct-from-the-last) group of people with the pathologically-childish mindset of, “If I do not need it, they do not need it either,” or, even worse, “If I do not feel comfortable/safe/responsible with Item X, they are obviously not going to be comfortable/safe/responsible with it either.”
With all due respect and politeness, fuck off.
What I “need” is a matter for me, and me alone, to decide. You can certainly provide input, you can certainly offer your own suggestions, and you can certainly help me if you want, but you damned well should not be able to limit me, just based on your own tastes and desires (insofar as what I decide I “need” does not infringe on anyone else’s rights).
But that is not the direction our country is headed, is it? No, it unfortunately is not. Today, people do not “need” rifles that just happen to look like military equipment, so they shall be banned. Today, people obviously do not “need” as much money as they make, so it will be “spread” around. Today, people do not “need” to take risks with the stock market, so their retirement accounts will be “guaranteed“. Today, poorly-managed and -run corporations do not “need” to fess up and learn from their mistakes, so they are being bailed out left and right (with your money, no less – if this was being done by the companies themselves, without the government acting as a middleman, it would be commonly referred to as “theft”).
And, tomorrow, what do you not “need” that is going to be arbitrarily taken away from you?
With the exception of reining in my language when I should have been more vociferous, I can find little fault with what I wrote back in 2008. My needs are for me to decide and me alone, and so long as my pursuit or achievement of those needs does not directly damage other people or their property, than everyone else is cordially invited to take a hike – in short, I do not need to rationalize my needs to anyone.
Let me make this as painfully simple as I can, for those anti-rights nuts out there who I know are not grasping the meanings of my words – my owning arbitrarily-identified “assault weapons” or magazines which are have a capacity over some arbitrarily-set limit directly hurts no one, so here is what you can do: take all of your idiotic “need”-based arguments, type all of them up (be as comprehensive as you can – this is important), print all of them out (and make sure to use a large font, so everyone can read them easily), take that resulting stack of paper, fold each piece until it is all sharp corners, and shove them all up your collective asses.
In the end, that is precisely what your “need”-based arguments are worth.