The Declaration: A (Paradigm?) Shift of Everything

There are few areas of knowledge I would determine define ‘everything’. Among those, I include Chemistry, astronomy/cosmology, physics, and–Philosophy. By saying ‘define everything’, I mean these topics cover all knowledge the public possesses to the point where we have no more knowledge. Cosmology determines the universe has a defined limit, but what it beyond that limit? Philosophy, on the other hand, explores what is our purpose, what should our purpose be, how can we know anything, or, in the case of history, how different philosophies contrast and collide with each other. And none of these things have a defined limit; where there is no deeper to investigate. There can be no proof of these subjects yet, so why any philosophy is subject to debate. And such is the irony of The Declaration of Independance: what should our rights be, and how can there be a Greater Law?

The US Declaration of Independance states, ” 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.” There is enough irony within this quote to make an ingot with. Primarily, it assumes this is an indisputable truth (I no doubt thought the writers of the Declaration considered their beliefs the right ones), and that really everyone has innate freedom which were designated by some divine being. How it can be possible to invent truths as strong as this, I know not. This is not theoretical, however entirely moral whim. I belive the authors of the Declaration were listening to what they felt was just, why they knew it “…necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”

I find the topic of morals (including justice, freedom, and deserved rights) very complex. It touches upon so many different topics which have undefined limits yet features in the rational and fundamental areas of social construct, government development, and sustainability (killing people for fun is morally unjust). It is so loose, and has so many different factors, I believe it cannot be defined. So many factors affect morals, which has a central and essential role in government construction. Forever, there will be a tug of war between ethics, economics, quality of life, style, culture… Everyone has there own opinions, and priorities which influence the government based upon their social stature. So rich provincial senators from Hispania will trump Sicilian farmer peasants. What the government is depends upon who is featured prevalently. What environmental, economic, and societal situations have permitted someone/someones to become the most influential idea? Should it be morals, or should it be a sacrifice of morals to reintroduce slavery for economic benefits? Or is it moral to have slaves? So I believe, it is arbitrary what morals are, dispite they are influenced by what is best for the world from the prevalent groups’ point of view.

The government of the US was experiencing a resurgence in rights and the ability to pursue one’s lifestyle unharassed. This complied with a resurgence in the size of the middle class and overthrew any rule which did not favor their beliefs. I am fascinated such a government transition has occured, after over a thousand years of mostly monarchic governments in the world. What is possible in terms of governmental progress, and what can be achieved in the future?

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