As Patrick Lee and Robert George point out, if humans have value only because of some acquired property like skin color or consciousness and not in virtue of the kind of thing they are, then it follows that since these acquired properties come in varying degrees, basic human rights come in varying degrees. Do we really want to say that those with more self-consciousness are more human (and more valuable) than those with less? This relegates the proposition that all men are created equal to the ash heap of history.

Scott Klusendorf (via gwyon)

Posted by cultureshift

A plea to win the hearts of those who choose to dehumanize our development and undermine our right to live.

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