The Good of the Many and Their Demands vs Individual Rights

Kathleen Mills of

This Week's Poll

A month ago we ran a poll which asked if you thought a counselor (a business owner) has the "ethical right" to require staff or clients to get "the jab" as a condition of employment or treatment. 70% of you said, "NO", and 30% of you checked the, "Yes" box.

In its simplest form the question asked if you believe that one person has the "right", to require that another person put something in their body, something that, with a dangerous degree of probability, might do harm to the recipient as a pre-condition to entering your sphere of influence.

Options Other Than Eroding Rights Based on Fear

We've been taking extreme, but doable, precautions in our offices for over 18 months now. There are also off-the-shelf medications that deal with a case of "the Covid" better than the so-called vaccines are preventing anything. A large number of people still insist that masks work despite what the mask manufacturers and the CDC have all said about their ineffectiveness, but hey, if you want to believe masks work then let's say for the sake of argument that they work. (BTW, if masks prevent the transmission of viruses, why have the authorities not been recommending them for the past 100 years during the annual flu season??)

Then why the panic? Why the rush to strip others of their right to make their own decisions about their healthcare treatment?

Why require a drastic procedure like an injection ("drastic" since the long-term effects are still unknown and I can show you an alarming set of statistics that indicate the short-term harm is horrendous)? You're safe if you wear a mask, right? So just wear a mask!

Individual Rights vs Group Demands

"Individual rights" are God-given which means that no man can rightly take them away from any one of us unless we voluntarily agree to relinquish them. Let that soak in. Individual rights hold that the rights of the individual takes priority over the demands of the many. Lose that belief system and we lose our rights and our liberties one at a time. Then, we've lost everything we value as free people.

To an individual rights adherent, the thought of requiring another human to participate in a grand-scale medical experiment would never be an option. It's not legal, moral, or ethical since ethics are an out-growth of moral and legal adherence and behavior.

"Group rights" say that the group demands of the many outweigh the rights of the individual. This is the tack taken by those who wish to persuade another group of people through the use of peer pressure. Favored by tyrants for millenia, it brings enormous social pressure to bear on the citizenry and seeks to isolate an individual and effect the preferred behavior, even if that person is actually part of a larger majority. It's quite effective. Morally and ethically corrupt, but effective.

Summary: Help Me Understand

I want to better understand the position of the 30%ers. It's not legal to legislate or mandate the jab so a legal basis is off the table. That leaves only a moral/ethical support platform for those votes. I'd love to have a civil discourse in the comments with anyone who would be willing to please tell me what the rationale behind your perceived "right" to require a medical procedure from others is, and how that's ethical?

It can't be based on your individual rights because requiring the jab is an attempt to override the individual rights of others. If they lose theirs, you lose yours. So what is your reasoning? I look forward to hearing your well thought out and fact-supported answers!

And now you know.

Plan Smart. Be Safe. Serve Others.

Kathleen Mills, LPC-S, CEAP

Individual Rights | PracticeMentors

Got An Opinion?

These posts are my beliefs based on a) almost 30 year practice as a mental health provider and b) my own research. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to leave your civil, constructive comments below. I try very hard to back up my liberty-based statements with my own experience and/or verifiable facts and I would ask you to do the same. You do not need to be logged in to leave a comment.

About Kathleen Mills

Kathleen Mills is a fire-breathing, 30+ year veteran of the counseling world. A tireless warrior for the profession, her goal with is to bullet-proof the counseling profession so that what happened to her doesn't happen to you!


  1. Amera on August 24, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Hello. I am wondering what you recommend for the most professional and neutral way to answer a client or potential client who asks you if you have been vaccinated. I personally say something along the lines of, this is a personal medical question and I do not answer those kind of questions.

    • Kathleen Mills on August 24, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      I think that’s a very good response! Your medical status is no one’s business but yours. Now, so as not to leave them feeling like you haven’t addressed their health concerns, you might follow that up with something like…

      “…but I will tell you that we daily (list the measures you take to provide a clean and safe environment for them), and you are welcome, of course to take whatever precautions you need to to feel comfortable including the wearing of a mask or taking advantage of our virtual appointment option.” And leave it at that.

      That addresses their concern, protects your medical privacy and places the burden of protecting their health squarely where it belongs; on their shoulders.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • Amera on August 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm

        Adding in these other components that you mentioned pretty much covers everything. Thank you for the suggestion!

  2. Shannon Schimelpfening on August 24, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Thank you so much for being a voice to what is happening in our country. It is truly frightening the loss of choice regarding this “disease.” My husband, myself, and our 16-year-old had Covid back in November/December 2020. We recently began participating in the Texas Cares Antibody Study (research done by UT Health System). We had blood drawn about three weeks ago and we ALL still have active antibodies. I will NOT take the vaccine, I will NOT allow my son to take the vaccine, but my husband’s job will require it soon.

    These are scary times we are living in. This has definitely opened my eyes and I am researching this whenever I get a chance. Just read, “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.” I never thought I would be a conspiracy theorist, but here I am!

    Again, I thank you so much for your emails and words of wisdom for our counseling community. I have found it interesting the way the majority in your poll agree with this side of the argument. Blessings!

    • Kathleen Mills on August 24, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      Hang in there, Shannon. We’ll all get through this together. Nothing can stop what’s coming!

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