I am curious as to what HFs think is the ultimate source of our rights-- as citizens, as persons, as humans, as animals. Do we have rights because our founding documents say so, or do we have them and our founding documents say so? Is there some first principle I can use to justify our rights, or are they a mishmash of what "seems fair?" Have we always had the rights that we have now, and will we always have the ones we now do? Do people here take a legalistic view that one has (and only has) the rights the law indicates? Do we really have any rights at all, or do we really only have as much freedom as our personal situation happens to permit-- are rights no more than a lofty and silly fiction? What do our rights entitle us to do to others? I know that is a long list of questions for one thread. Oh well.