FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Tuesday

We hold these truths...

“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.”

These are great words penned by great men. Men like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Ben Franklin helped establish a country based on one main principle. Freedom is not a privilege granted by Government. It is a right given to us by our Creator. And, no mortal man can take it away.

All around the world, Governments suppress people’s ability to exercise their God-given right. Nevertheless, they still possess that right by virtue of the fact that they exist.

It seems that a professor at Harvard disagrees with that principle. Orlando Patterson, a Harvard sociologist, has written an article for the New York Times. In his piece, titled “God’s Gift?”, Patterson argues a sentiment that could only be expressed by someone who’s agenda is at odds freedom.

Patterson believes that Freedom is not an unalienable right. In fact, it is:


“a distinctive product of Western civilization.”


He also claims that it is an erroneous assumption . . . that freedom is a natural part of the human condition.”

The Professor’s conclusion says it all:


"Those of us who cherish liberty hold as part of the rhetoric that it is 'written in our heart,' an essential part of our humanity. It is among the first civic lessons that we teach our children. But such legitimizing rhetoric should not blind us to the fact that freedom is neither instinctive nor universally desired, and that most of the world’s peoples have found so little need to express it that their indigenous languages did not even have a word for it before Western contact. It is, instead, a distinctive product of Western civilization, crafted through the centuries from its contingent social and political struggles and secular reflections, as well as its religious doctrines and conflicts."

There you have it. Freedom is not unalienable from the human spirit. It’s simply an invention of Western society. People around the world (specifically in the Middle East) do not desire freedom because it is not a part of their soul. They do not have a right to it by virtue of their existence.

And, this guy would know. After all, he’s from the Ivy League.

Pompous, Anti-American Jackass.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment



<< Home