Monday, March 22, 2010

Unalienable Duties

Everyone talks about their rights, but not about their duties. Here is a list of our unalienable duties under natural law.

The duty to honor the supremacy of the Creator and his laws.
The duty not to take the life of another except in self-defense.
The duty not to steal or destroy the property of another.
The duty to be honest in all transactions with others.
The duty of children to honor and obey their parents and elders.
The duty of parents and elders to protect, teach, feed, clothe, and provide shelter for children.
The duty to support law and order and keep the peace.
The duty not to contrive through a covetous heart to despoil another.
The duty to provide insofar as possible for the needs of the helpless, the sick, the crippled, the injured and the poverty stricken.
The duty to honorably perform contracts and covenants both with God and man.
The duty to be temperate.
The duty to become economically self-sufficient.
The duty not to trespass on the property or privacy of another.
The duty to maintain the integrity of the family structure.
The duty to perpetuate the race.
The duty not to promote or participate in the vices which destroy personal and community life.
The duty to perform civic responsibilities - vote, assist public officials, serve in official capacities when called upon, stay informed on public issues, volunteer where needed.
The duty not to aid or abet those involved in criminal or anti-social activites.
The duty to support personal and public standards of common decency.
The duty to follow rules of moral rectitude.

1 comment:

William Jackson said...

The unalienable duties listed in this post are exactly what need to be taught to young people in the public school classroom from kindergarten through high school. With no emphasis placed on the unalienable duties, the promotion of unalienable rights by those who love liberty may appear selfish to a society awash in licentiousness and narcissistic tendencies. Without question, parents and teachers need to actively teach both unalienable responsibilities and unalienable rights to youth. This is not being done. If I were to guess, I would venture that 80 % of the citizenry have never heard of unalienable responsibilities and that the recognition of unalienable rights by the citizenry is limited to 45 % of the population for whom such recognition is merely tokenism. Currently, I am attempting to teach both unalienable responsibilities and unalienable rights to my students. The response varies from enthusiastic reception to open hostility. Thank you for your post on this timely topic.