Sofia wrote:My basic argument is that you can possess inalienable rights, rights which are born and die with you, which you may be prevented from practicing. But your right to life, freedom and self-determination cannot be morally denied--though they may be legally denied.
A worthwhile distinction. But where do those inalienable rights come from?
Your humanity. Your creator. Your wiring. Your innate, inborn drive. Whatever made you human. Just like babies ALL cry for comfort, food, the necessities of life from birth. Our first uninstructed, unintelligible voices are a demand. The Terrible Twos are our next step toward self-determination. ALL human children make a stand for independence around the same age. No one told them their rights. They come from within. There are other stages in life when people step up the challenge to determine for themselves. Because, instinctively, we know we have a right to fight for our lives, to live free and to choose our paths.Sofia wrote:This infuriated masses of people last time, and I don't want to wreck the thread...
Oh, go ahead. What's the worst that can happen?
Stand by... :wink:
.........But where do those inalienable rights come from?......
.......The founding document states, I think, ..."we recognise" these rights....not "we create" them.......
All Men are endowed with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Why was slavery wrong?
Well, Sophia/Lash Goth/Lash, the Declaration be damned . . . according to the Constitution, them boys and girls was only 60% people . . .
Sofia wrote:Why was slavery wrong?
No one answered me...
How do we instinctively know slavery is wrong without giving credence to inalienable rights?
Lash wrote:How do we instinctively know slavery is wrong without giving credence to inalienable rights?
There certainly are ways of arguing that slavery is wrong without resorting to a defense of inalienable rights. A utilitarian, for instance, would argue that slavery is wrong because it is disutile, and wouldn't rest that position on inalienable rights (for utilitarians, there really are no such things).