Imagine that we lived in a world where everyone walked around with a screen on their chest that displayed a number. The number, from one to infinity would signify the worth of a person. This number would rise and fall depending on an infinite number of variables inputted into an unimaginably complex mathematical equation which prioritized certain variables over another.
To create such a godlike equation, you would first have to prioritize an infinitely expanding number of aspects of humanity. Variables such as how much money you have would be easy to quantify, but others such as your capacity to love and feel emotions would be impossible.
Next, you’d have to understand that everyone has different priorities. I suppose you could create some master list of what ought to be more important than another thing, but no one would ever be able to settle on the infinite number of categories and how they should be placed above each other.
Just like the food chain, if such an equation did exist, then the person with the highest number would be dubbed the human with the most worth and they would thereby be entitled to order those of lesser worth below them.
Such an equation would be impossible to create, and therefore, no human can be deemed of more worth than another.
I am obviously not the first person to understand this idea. In fact, the people who wrote the following words founded our entire society on the universal tenet that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Because no one is of greater worth than someone else, then no one has the right to subjugate another person or the obligation to submit to the will of another.
Novelist Khaled Hosseini best explained this principle in his book The Kite Runner, when he said:
“there is only one sin—only one—and that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life… you steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness… there is no act more wretched than stealing.”
When you attempt to assert your dominance over another person, you are first claiming that you are of greater worth than them, and that is both foolish and wrong because worth is impossible to gauge.
Our founding fathers realized this as well, and that is why they said, “[men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
From this concept, our entire legal system was developed. Murder is illegal. Libel and slander is illegal. Theft is illegal. Our government was created as an attempt to defend these rights as we interact with one another in society.
Conservatives defend our rights with all that they have because they understand that rights are not social constructs, subject to change over time, but the absolute natural laws of the universe at the foundation of humanity.