Rights

Posted by Robbie53024 9 years, 5 months ago to Philosophy
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If our rights come from man, then can't they be taken away by a man? And if so, what is to prevent man from taking those rights away?
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  • Posted by Ben_C 9 years, 5 months ago
    Inalienable - incapable of being surrendered or transferred. Regardless of theological background we hold these truths the be self evident. It is the individuals responsibility to use these rights to their maximum potential. We are given the platform to succeed if we chose. Or, we can blame someone else for failure and assign the administration of "Rights" to a legislative body to decree then deny.
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  • Posted by A-is-A 9 years, 5 months ago
    Yea, it's a sad state of affairs that the philosophic understanding of rights, even from supposedly intelligent people, is abysmal today. Apparently the only possible options to explain rights is that either God gave them to us, or we give them to each other in some mystical collective pact! In reality, rights need no other justification than they arise because of our nature as rational beings living together in a society. The philosophy is slightly more complex than that, but no mystical notions are required! Ironically, the modern left's notion that rights are given by man or the government ends up obliterating the concept entirely. But maybe that's the point.
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