Power is a tricky entitlement to decide among a community. Some people may believe that the ruler has the best decision in mind for everyone in that specific community, and other people may believe otherwise. My personal opinion on how much power a ruler should have is sort of a complicated opinion in that I do not believe in one specific ruler to make decisions for a whole community. Rulers should not have any significant power than anyone else because it should be a unanimous decision involved with each member of a community.
Pertaining to Antigen, I believe that it should have been a group of people or the community’s decision to condemn Antigen rather than one personal decision from Croon because of personal spite with the family. Antigen without a doubt disobeyed Screen’s order about Polynesians’ burial, but she was also doing Justice for Polynesians and her family. She hopes that her death will bring happiness to her mother and father, and her brothers as well and states, “because I honored your corpse, Polynesians, this is how I’m repaid? I moored you as a wise men would think right” (Sophocles, 994).
Antigen is essentially expressing that a wise man would understand that he was not a traitor, and that Croon is absolutely wrong about his assumption. Even Screen’s own son and wife stand up for Antigen’s decision to die for the Justice of her brother, and they too die. All these examples Just go to show that one ruler should not make all the decisions regarding what is best for a community, because other people have opinions and even evidence in some cases to prove why the rulers view may be wrong. I believe that in some aspects, individual’s rights should be valued more than the governments.
For instance, gay marriage today is illegal in a majority of the states in the US. In this case, I think the individual’s rights should be valued more than the opinion of the government because it has to do with the personal preference of the individual. The people of the United States do get to vote for the right of gay marriage in every state, and some people vote against it, ruling it as a government rule that gay marriage is illegal in that particular state. If it were to be an individual right, gay marriage would be legal worldwide, Just as legal as heterosexual marriage is.
On the contrary, people who have their drivers license in the United States are physically and mentally allowed and capable to operate a motor vehicle. A person of good mental health over the age of sixteen has the individual right to obtain a drivers license. If the individual acquires some sort of mental disability (brain damage, etc. ) where they are no longer able to make the Judgments necessary while operating a odor vehicle, it is no longer the individuals right to having that license because they could be a threat to other citizen’s lives.
Therefore the government’s rights should intervene accordingly. In relation to Antigen, an individuals rights should be valued more than the government’s rights because although it may have been acceptable to kill a man back then because they’ve disobeyed orders, it is the individuals rights (Antigen’s rights) to stand up for her family and do Justice. It was her right to stand up for him, but it was not the government’s right to condemn her for it.
Times then were a little more gruesome as far as dealing with punishments, but it is still not the government’s right to kill them tort something they individually believe in. T instance also relates to why rulers should not have controlling power. The power of a ruler often clashes with the rights of an individual because rulers tend to believe that their ruling is the best. When an individual rights issue would arise in the days of Antigen, the ruler would forcibly over-rule the individual’s belief, stated thus, Antigen.