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Fortunately, that phrase gets expanded over time as to what they mean. We have certain rights that you just can't take away from us whether we're rich or poor or whatever.
Those unalienable rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is something that comes from the rationality of the scientific era we were in.
This is an age right after Isaac Newton has made everything in the universe rational through scientific laws and it also comes from some of the philosophers, especially David Hume, that there are just certain things that are self-evident.That's an important concept, that they're not appealing to anybody else to say, "What are these truths?" They're saying, "This is just our rationality tells us "this is true," but then they say, "all men are created equal." Now, they say men.Of course, he's by then, freed his slaves, but becomes a president of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery in Pennsylvania, as a way of trying to make up for the fact that he'd erred, he had been wrong when he was young, to tolerate the institution of slavery and he becomes an abolitionist.Of course, John Adams, from the very beginning, was an abolitionist. When you take an American history class, it seems like obviously everything comes to a head leading up the Civil War, but this was already starting to become an issue, a moral issue, a philosophical issue, even at the founding of the country.Man 1: And a political issue, as well, because if you want Jefferson and you want Virginia in, the reason John Adams ...He was a great abolitionist, but there were no plantations.Man 1: Yeah, if you want to say that it was totally resolved by the Civil War and there will be some who will say that that was the original stain on this unbelievably beautiful phrase, which is that "all men are created equal." Man 2: Yeah, very cool.Men and women are not the same, and that is a fact just like all men are not the same, and all women are not the same.Man 2: I'm guessing it's also a ding at the King, because royalty ...One underlying assumption is that it's inherited and that you are created better off.