Sunday, July 13, 2008

Self Guided Learning...

I'm reading The Five Thousand Year Leap in preparation for an up coming class. Cleon Skousen has outlined 28 Principles of Liberty using over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers.
As I learn about a principle I will share it here.

First Principle
The Only Reliable Basis for Sound Government and Just Human Relations in Natural Law.

The founding fathers turned to Marcus Tullius Cicero for his wisdom regarding true law, natural law, or god's law. Cicero said that "true law is right reason in agreement with nature; summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions..."

Perfect reason is God's law. When perfectly understood it is called "wisdom". When wisdon is applied by government in regulating human relations it is called "justice".

Oh all the animals created by God, only man shares with Him the ability for reason and thought.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be"
by Thomas Jefferson

( The above painting is from the 1400's. It depicts the young Cicero in personal studies)

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