Summary Of ' The Declaration Of Independence ' By Thomas Jefferson
Inequality In The Gay Community
In the historical document “The Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson, there is a demand for immediate freedom from oppression and equal rights for all men.
There is a question that comes to mind when contemplating equality: are we really considered equal regardless of our differences, or are we only equal when we conform to the social norms? Jefferson writes:
Prudence, indeed will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. (West 412)
This statement suggests that our government will be unwavering in its decision making processes, without any interest in conflicts that they consider to be insignificant. It could be interpreted from that quote that our government is not willing to change easily due to comfortability and that people should consider the consequences for trying to question a government, regardless of how evil they may be. Jefferson continues to write, “We hold these Truths to be selfevident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,”(West 412). This additional statement by Jefferson…