If rights are “natural,” why are they seldom respected?Submitted by dabooda on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 19:02
In a discussion on another thread, Faithkills and I were discussing the statist religion and various related matters, and we got into the issue of natural rights. He suggested that “We know everyone has [natural rights], [because] we can observe a universal trope that everyone does feel they have a right to life, liberty, and property.”
This got me thinking: If the way “everyone feels” is valid evidence that everyone possesses natural rights, then . . . why isn’t the present state of the world – mostly unfree and getting WORSE – valid evidence that those “natural rights” to life, liberty and property – are not natural at all? By all available evidence, mankind universally submits to Authority. Freedom is NATURAL? Give me a break! SLAVERY is natural! It’s a failing that goes back to Biblical times, when the Jews demanded a king, to be like other nations. If men universally desire freedom, WHY ARE WE SO UNFREE? If “natural rights” are so “natural” and “universal,” then WHY ARE THEY SO RARELY RESPECTED by those we allow to rule us? Look at the damned world!
My own explanation: : Men are born without instinctive knowledge – but they must somehow acquire knowledge which they NEED in order to live and function within their social environment. This is mostly done by receiving instruction from parents, teachers, and various religious “authorities.” Thus are we taught to have respect for “Authority,” from our infancy. We are not raised to be self-responsible, self-motivated, independent-minded people; we are taught to do as we’re told and to believe as we’re told. We are not taught to be free; we are taught to obey.
It was not always thus. Once children were expected to help with household chores and family businesses from a young age, because of an age-old truth:
Parents bring children into the world helpless and ignorant, unable to survive independently. That is a great injury, which the parents are morally bound to rectify by teaching their children how to live in the world as independent, self-respecting, worthwhile adults. That is the ONE paramount debt that all parents owe their children. Once upon a time, children were taught to value hard work and they were taught the morality of love and trade – and to shun coercion and fraud.. No matter their religion, they were taught to live by the Golden Rule.
How times have changed. Nowadays children receive a twelve-year prison sentence to government schools and are FORBIDDEN to learn to work for a living. (Thank labor unions for those wonderful laws that protect them -- er, protect children from "exploitative" “child labor.”) Is it any wonder children no longer believe in freedom or independence? No matter what myths we hear, every smart kid realizes that HE is neither free nor independent.
The problem is: when do modern children become ADULTS? When do they STOP needing to be controlled by someone else’s “Authority?” For more and more people, it seems, the answer is “never.” They accept the authority of religious leaders, to guide their moral choices, and they accept the authority of political leaders to guide their practical choices. The acceptance of “authority” makes us a world of children – a world of SLAVES, to be bossed around and exploited by a few elites who have taken the adult responsibility of “caring for their children” – or domesticating their cattle.
To understand this is to GROW UP.
The purpose of twelve years of Government schooling – twelve years of obedience training and twelve years of indoctrination into the religious cult of Statism – is to ensure that you and your children never do grow up.