Saturday, March 05, 2005

Human Rights

"'Human rights,' for [Thomas] Jefferson, does not mean solely the right not to be interfered with by government; this is only part of it-- and of course it is this part that commands so much attention in our present world. But the other part is perhaps even more important: 'human rights' means the right to pursue one's authentic obligations as a God-created and potentially godlike human being through the latent power of divine reason (or conscience) within oneself." Jacob Needleman, The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders