Just a few, final thoughts on the three universal rights that the Founding Fathers saw fit to announce to the world that, without proper context, lend themselves to misunderstanding and abuse. Those three universals, universal because every person has them regardless of where they are in the world, are “self-evident” and “endowed by their Creator”.
When something is “self-evident” the thing is evident in itself, there is nothing about it that can’t be seen without it. These rights are clearly seen because we know them internally, we know when they have been violated without anyone having to tell us because they are inherent in both the individual and agreed upon in the collective conscience. We know them because of of the second proposition.
Being “endowed by their Creator” is an upsetting proposition because saying so means that there are boundaries which must never be crossed that they are objective and indivisible from a person. Whatever rights that are held by the individual are held in responsibility to the one who endows them. We can hold one another responsible because, if you hold to a Judeo-Christian understanding, that man was created in the image of God, man acts as an agent of the Creator, and being such an agent means that man will ultimately be held responsible for his dereliction and abuse both of his fellow man and himself.
Understanding these points is necessary less, as a nation and a people, we fall apart.