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Self-Evident Equality


“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…”

As I was taught to read this historic phrase, the “created” aspect is a figure of speech — one of those peculiarities of chronology that future generations can interpret according to their contemporary beliefs. But the idea of a “Creator” who has “endowed” is neither merely a poetic personification of nature nor a nod to the less-sophisticated masses who would make up the new nation being proposed. In fact, without acceptance of this underlying “Truth,” the “equal” part might not seem so “self-evident.”

This essay has been published in Just Thinking: Volume I, 10/29/01–10/21/02 and is available in Confidence Place: The Timshel Arts Store.




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