Natural rights provide all societies moral foundation. They bind a people together because they are grounded in justice. Wherever justice is lacking, society’s members become unbound—there is division. They no longer recognize a common set of rights, and therefore are no longer a people.
Politicians talk endlessly today about our rights. Talk focusing on us. They tell us what we deserve and need, with the promise they’ll deliver. Their message is sometimes echoed and amplified by the media and supported by academics. Is what they tell us true? How do we know?
What rights do we really have? What is their basis? The answers matter. When society’s moral foundation dissolves, it cannot be successful. It dies. America’s Founders believed natural rights were important enough to sacrifice their lives for, when they were taken away and all other means of peaceful reconciliation had been exhausted. Generations since have done the same. What did they know?
We are not born with knowledge of our rights. Learning is required for a people to become good and noble, to create the kind of knowledge that cannot be shaken by reason—wisdom. Wisdom requires internalizing what is right. Simply knowing our rights is insufficient. We must also understand why we have them and their purpose. It is in this spirit that A Handbook of Natural Rights explores these questions. The answers exist, and lead to you fulfilling your purpose.
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About the Author
Dan Wolf’s life can be divided into his career and vocation. By way of career, he is a successful professional with over twenty years’ experience helping organizations solve problems. He possesses a rich mix of research experience, analytical abilities, and the capability of turning complex abstract ideas into something tangible. These same skills of research, analysis, and communication carry over to his writing. He deeply believes that things do not happen in isolation; that understanding different facets leads to a better understanding of issues. He is a CPA with a Master’s degree in Finance and two years of doctoral coursework in human judgment and decision-making. He taught himself programming, and has extensive experience in utilizing technology to design and develop business processes that support cost modeling, performance metric development, financial and operational analysis, and the distribution of information from those processes. He has used analytical methodologies to identify cost improvement, cycle time reduction, data quality improvement, and human performance management opportunities. His vocation began at a young age with a penchant for history, but started in earnest with the events of 9/11. In trying to understand those events he has been led on a journey which has included learning the tenets of Islam, the contents and history of the Bible, and exploring Christian philosophical/theological thought related to our purpose. This purpose directly translates into how we should govern ourselves and is born out in the history of freedom’s development. Future works will focus on these and related topics. More articles by Dan Wolf can be found at the Virginia Christian Alliance website where he contributes on contemporary issues. http://www.vachristian.org/