Intersections: Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness
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.
Upon the principles enshrined in this sentence, the Republic rises or falls. The founders knew that the concepts threading their way through it were all connected. Pull one out, and the rest unravels. It should perhaps not surprise anyone that every single thread is being yanked out, torn, ripped and cut. So it is; so, perhaps, it was from the beginning.
It is no longer self-evident that all men are created equal.
Not only is it not self-evident, but it is very much in dispute. People are not known by God and created by him, but dredged up over time and through chance in a ‘fortuitous concurrence of atoms.’
Since they are not created, they cannot be endowed by a Creator with any unalienable Rights.
If our rights do not come from God, then they must be imparted by society and the State. And what the State giveth, the State can taketh. And since we are not equal under the sight of God, the State can take into account our differences and make changes, as they see fit.
There are no unalienable rights, so there cannot be an unalienable right to life.
Being alive, obviously, is a prerequisite for having liberty and being able to pursue happiness, or anything else for that matter. If Life is not defended, if it is not seen as an unalienable right, but rather something permitted only insofar as the State is prepared to allow it, the other ‘rights’ necessarily are to be regarded in the same way.
There are no unalienable rights, so there cannot be a right to liberty.
Life and liberty go hand in hand. If one does not have the liberty even to be allowed to live, then one does not have the liberty to live that life how you please. What you eat, where you live, where you work, whether you can have children–how many, and how often–everything and all things fall under the purview of the State. The individual must give way to the State, because the individual fades away, but the State goes on forever.
There are no unalienable rights, so there cannot be a right to pursue happiness.
If one’s ‘right’ to life, life-bearing, and liberties are determined by the State, so too are your pursuits. The founders were careful not to assert that everyone had a right to happiness, only the right to pursue it. In so saying, they were acknowledging that God has made us each with our own unique desires and wishes and no other man can decide for another what constitutes ‘happiness.’
But there is no God. There are no unalienable rights. We are not made equal–we are not made, nor are we equal. We, as society, decide what counts as ‘rights.’ We can, and have, changed our mind. If we waver on trivialities, it can be endured, but upon the question of where our rights come from hinges everything: will it be freedom or will it be tyranny?
At present, we are on a clear path to tyranny. No society has dispensed with the Creator without oppression following sometime thereafter. Everything is connected. Everything is related. Our freedoms are whittled away because on the secular view, they are mere trifles. Our lives are of little to no significance; they are mere specks compared to the great expanse of the universe. Or…
Or, we are made by God, special and unique. Our lives have value. We were made for happiness, not serfdom.
At the intersections of every issue of concern today is this great question: are our lives gifts from God or the results of blind chance to be administered by the elite who manage our species?
Because of the foundational nature of life–without it, everything else is moot–PIRC is committed most of all to making a defense of life its priority. However, it understands that everything is connected. Everything is in play… at the intersections.