Divine Rights

The United States’ Declaration of Independence states “that they [men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”  Like all philosophical assertions, this statement is only true if an assumption, at least one, is agreed to: rights are conditional on accepting responsibility.  Another way of saying that, is my right to freedom is conditional on my adherence to a social contract.  In the US that contract is primarily the golden rule: treat others like you want them to treat you.

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