The people of the thirteen colonies during the Revolutionary War, wanted nothing more than freedom from the British crown. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness (Doc. # 4)”. The Americans wanted the innate rights that everyone should be given from birth. These rights were infringed by the British through incidents such as “Taxation without
Societies’ common sense becomes higher than people’s nature, so they start to understand that for the bright future they need the authority, because the freedom is very quick and unstable moment and the source of freedom is authority. Surely, at the beginning concept of freedom is very tempting, you feel free to do everything you want. Freedom gives you opportunities to live in a way you want. However, humans’ egoism and selfishness disturb others’ freedom, because they think freedom is something that will solve their life problems and reduce responsibility from them. These circumstances make humankind incapable of using their freedom and create chaos.
The Declaration of Independence states, “--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”. In the article Why Government, it states, “But Locke also believed that governments should protect people’s natural rights.” Both of these quotes show that the purpose for creating government, is so that the protection of the natural rights of the people is ensured. Also, the idea that these fair powers are just what Men (human beings) are receiving and what they should receive from the creation of governments. Both of these quotes combine with each other, because of the pinpointed idea of how the government was created in order to benefit to the natural rights of the people, and to protect these
Creon is guaranteeing that he can be trusted and how devoted he was to gaining their trust. These words alone shows how much he wants to be king and rule them the correct way which is without betrayal. His tone is sincere to show that he actually means what he says. Creon proves his devotion in his speech by stating,”No one values friendship more highly than I; but we must remember that friends made at the risk of wrecking our ship are not real friends at all.” He is referring to Polyneices and how he betrayed his people.
In Domat’s “Social Order And Absolute Monarchy” the argument is that monarchs should stay in power and that is their divine right to rule that would keep society together, monarchs are natural and necessary form of government that society should follow. Jean is of the mindset that monarchies are one of the most effective and natural forms of government, however he mistaken to believe this. “The first distinction that subjects people to others is the one created by birth between parents and children. And this distinction leads to a first kind of government in families, where children owe obedience to their parents who head the family. The second distinction among persons arises from the diversity of employment required by society” (Domat 28).
It takes a lot to become an ideal nation, but during the pregnancy of America, great men in history had the same idea of what it takes to become an ideal nation. Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry both agree that liberty is what makes a nation an ideal nation. However, people like Thomas Paine believes that other ideas are more important in creating an ideal nation, Thomas Jefferson believes that to become an ideal nation, there must be liberty. When Jefferson was drafting the Declaration Of Independence, he states, “...that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness..,”. Jefferson emphasizes the importance of liberty by putting it in the first lines of one of the most important documents in American history.
Various reasons prove this, though the people believe that they are better best served before the state, history only shows the most benevolent and the most hated rulers. So if a ruler rules just to be well-liked history does not show that they had any significance because none of the people are left to remember what acts of kindness they performed. If a leader is feared but provides huge expansion and sets up their state to be successful in the future they are remembered as important to causing their state to be the way it is today. In truth, all people serve to their own interests and will turn on anyone who goes against it unless they are controlled. It is nearly impossible to control people with their love for ruler because they will not love the ruler once the ruler goes against their interests, but if they fear the ruler they will fear going against them and stay under the influence of their ruler.
"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." --Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791. The Bill of Rights were derived from the English Bill of Rights.
Jefferson was strongly influenced by the belief that all humans have certain rights that cannot be taken away, and that these rights ought to be protected by a government. The resemblance between “the state of nature” and “the Declaration of Independence” are uncanny, Jefferson and Locke are consistently portraying the same ideas whether they mention the transition between the “Law of Nature” to the “Law of a Civil Society” or the concept of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Jefferson “Declaration of Independence”). The main similarities between the two works are the ideas that mainly focused on equality. However, some major difference that stands out between the two documents are that the Social Contract is based off an agreement between civilians and a higher power, such as a monarchy, where civilians would give up some of their freedom to live in a governed society. While the Declaration of Independence mentions how a monarchy did not protect the rights of the citizens and therefore, developed a government that was based solely on the will of its
Throughout Thoreau’s essay my favorite quote was “I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. What force has a multitude? They only can force me who obey a higher law than I.
Thomas Jefferson worked around this and made sure that his slaves had the best environment possible. First of all, even though Jefferson did own slaves, he did not believe in enslavement, which was an act that he attempted to abolish. “But Jefferson always maintained that the decision to emancipate slaves would have to be part of a democratic process; abolition would be stymied until slaveowners consented to free their human property together in a large - scale act of emancipation.” (Monticello.org) Jefferson did in fact take charge in this conflict and attempt to abolish the use of slaves, but because this decision would have to be debated and thought on through a long process, no action was taken in this problem. Next, although Jefferson did own slaves, he treated them in an incredibly admirable way - not acting cruel, like many other men, towards them.
In order for the colonists not to rebel against the government it has to protect their rights and be a good type of government,some principles of a strong government are that all men must be created equal,must have national sovereignty,natural law,popular sovereignty and self-evident truth. Popular Sovereignty meant that the government was ruled by the people and that they were the source of all political power. All men are created equal meant that this included everyone in humanity,this was an important part of the European enlightenment philosophy. National Sovereignty was a supreme and absolute kind of power which state governs,it does everything possible to govern itself. Self- evident truth means that it 's simple and clear for anyone to see.
The Magna Carta is a fundamental foundation set as an example for Americans to have an idea of the rule of law. And with John Locke’s meaningful intention of human nature and human rights, protecting individual 's life, liberty, and property have shown more than enough for America to prove that we have been protected by our rights all along. An example of life would be the second amendment. Which gives us the right to bear arms, which can be seen as protecting the lives of citizens of America. The Bill of rights have evolved drastically, per say, the thirteenth and fifteenth amendments; slaves didn’t have a say, they didn’t have rights - they weren’t even seen as people back then.
They believed that because people are instinctively selfish, that people would have a hard time coexisting in a land where all people were supposed to be treated equal. Though the government was created to aid the people, it was also established to teach the people how to “live properly”. The fact that the constitution was written in the mindset that people needed to be, in a sense, controlled is was and remains a controversial topic. Many view the constitution’s favor for the rich, white, and male property owners was not so much of an “easier way to unify a nation” but more of a list of who it was going to be more desireable to govern. These facts aside, in order to instill equality to a newlywed nation, the people were given some basic human rights and the power to choose who was going to represent them in order to still make sure that the people were still the basis of the new government while still having control over them.
When working with a team I tend to be so focused on achievement that it comes at the expense of including everyone. I need to stop being so competitive as this behavior creates a self-centered approach and can lead to unethical actions. In order to achieve my goal I need to keep being willing to call out those individuals that are not adhering to the rules, while at the same time rewarding those for their appropriate behavior. As I mentioned earlier, a potential barrier to me achieving my goal of ethical leadership is my internal desire to compete. In order to overcome this potential barrier, I will use feedback from those around me on ways that I can improve.