Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Declaration of Indepence vs John Locke

In the declaration of independence there is a lot that consists with what john locke is saying. When, in the declaration of independence, it says “we hold these truths to be self-evident: That 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; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; 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 of such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” It is saying almost word for word what John Locke thinks about the law of nature. Locke believes that a man has the right to his own personal properties and if one doesn’t like how they are being governed they should abolish it and find a new way of governing.
I believe that Jefferson did either read or know about what John Locke was saying and completely agreed with it. He makes more references further on in the Declaration of Independence. I am completely for the declaration of independence and I think that it was made and signed at the right time in history too. I believe that it was a huge risk writing and signing this but I believe it was a risk that needed to be taken. John Locke has obviously inspired some of the writing in here and that Jefferson agreed with him

1 comment:

  1. Great job. You made the case very well. I liked the way you quoted the Declaration and then tied it to Locke. You need to make the writing a bit more formal. Watch capitalization!. Keep up the good work. 13/15