Rights and Duties


Note: It should be rendered Life (Future), Liberty (Present), and the Pursuit of Happiness (Past)

A Fundamental Natural RIGHT is only a right which everyone can simultaneously claim and/or exercise without forcing another to serve their needs, goals or purposes.

A fundamental natural DUTY is only a duty which one owes everyone else simultaneously because no one else owes them a service towards their own needs, goals, or purposes.

So, what is the difference between a Fundamental Right and a Civil Right (Privilege)?
How can one identify whether or not a “civil right” is legitimate or not?

Remember the quote from Thomas Paine:

“Man did not enter into society to become worse than he was before, nor to have fewer rights than he had before, but to have those rights better secured. His natural rights are the foundation of all his civil rights…

Natural rights are those which appertain to man in right of his existence. Of this kind are all the intellectual rights, or rights of the mind, and also all those rights of acting as an individual for his own comfort and happiness, which are not injurious to the natural rights of others. Civil rights are those which appertain to man in right of his being a member of society. Every civil right has for its foundation some natural right pre-existing in the individual, but to the enjoyment of which his individual power is not, in all cases, sufficiently competent…” (The Rights of Man)

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