One of the numerous complex features of the declaration of independence is the contention with it stating that we hold actualities to being self-evident. Scrutiny of the declaration text illustrates, however, that the realities are not stated to be self-evident, but are otherwise, as a matter of healthy political drill, to be regarded as if self-evident. Acknowledging the status of the so-regarded self-evident realities above all brings into emphasis the issue of politics as civic education in that regime, specifically as viewed by Jefferson. It also aids focus scrutiny on the declaration structure and simplifies some current scholarly disputes over the source and meaning of the declaration.
A self-evident truth depicts the truth proving itself without requiring further validation. Generally, it is so visibly true only a fool or an ignorant person would contest it. As per the United States premiere expression of rational thinking is concerned, American equality is not just true as it is so actual to be self-evident. However, all variations of objective measurement precisely illustrate that we are never equal (Barnett, 2019). Some individuals are faster than others, some stronger than others, some more attractive, and better at math, and so on. It is to that effect that the equality that Jefferson referred to was spiritual, not material.
Jefferson was talking about metaphysical equality, an equality that is never founded on social constructs or physical attributes. That metaphysical equality forms the philosophical base of the declaration to which the United States’ founding fathers pledged their fortunes, sacred honor, and their lives. Rather, Thomas simply understood that for any dialogue of rights to make logical sense, they ought to be founded on the metaphysical idea of spiritual equality instead of anything in the physical globe (Temple, 2018). Rights that are exquisitely bestowed are also inalienable meaning that no human firm can infringe on them as they are essential to individuals very being.
Conclusively, truthfulness implies more than fighting fake leaders or fake news. It implies defending the metaphysical truth that institutes our rights and equality. It implies ringing the liberation bell that will wake individuals from their spiritual forgetfulness spell that is at the heart of practically all our political battles.
Barnett, R. E. (2019). The Declaration of Independence and the American Theory of Government: First Come Rights, and Then Comes Government. Harv. JL & Pub. Pol’y, 42, 23.
Temple, K. (2018). ‘Mixed Emotions’: Love, Resentment and the Declaration of Independence. Emotions: History, Culture, Society, 2(1), 34-51.