When I was in college, "philosophy" became almost an addiction. I had a professor that could stir people's minds...and it's great to delve into from time to time.
But with respect to our little exchange regarding "natural rights"...philosophical views are as long as they are wide. They're interesting to tap occasionally. But I prefer to take them in the form of legal rights. I know, I know, I'm simple and unsophisticated. So perhaps that's my way of feeling truly connected and find value in those 3 words.
However....I really, really liked what you said to Baron about the Declaration of Independence. I had posted the same to him in two previous posts.
But I feel the same way about life, liberty, and property. The constitutionality of it is the reality for us all. In my humble opinion, those things are worthless...if they were some type of "natural right"...because it would be way too philosophical to sort out and we'd never get social consensus or agreements as to their relevance to our well being as individuals and as a nation. And certainly not near as enforceable as we find those words to be in our Constitution.