Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first].

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Our Unalienable Rights…

by Glenn Littrell

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—“image

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…” a self-evident proposition is one that is known to be true by understanding its meaning without proof or need of proof.

“by their Creator…” it is not “a creator” or “the creator”, it is “their creator”, possessive. The creator is not defined in the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights (the Constitution).

“unalienable Rights…” What's unalienable cannot be taken away or denied.

“among these are…”  meaning there are more than just the three mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

Neither the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights (the Constitution) attempts to define self-evident truths or the Creator, nor does it attempt to specify what are those unalienable rights beyond giving only three, very general and broad examples, which in themselves open the door to many rights that can not be denied, or enumerated, or limited to a narrow list to be accepted as complete at one point in time, for all time.

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