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An invention of human intelligence.

Insofar as consciousness exists in nature, the constructs of consciousness are likewise "natural". Human rights are an invention of human intelligence, and exist for all who understand them and respect them, and are assumed to exist by default for those who have yet to articulate their personal stand on the subject. They are expressly surrendered only through one's explicit and deliberate disregard or disrespect for them. A thief demonstrates that he has no respect for property and therefore surrenders his own rights to same. A murderer shows his contempt for life and forfeits his own.

Rights, sadly, are abundantly abused, but are only "lost" through our own misbehavior.

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