The next three verses of The Book of Rabyd are completely stolen from Thomas Jefferson’s work known to all Americans as The Declaration of Independence. Namely that all people are given certain rights that are inalienable which means they are inherent to each person regardless of opinion. The first of these is the Right to Life.
I want everyone to understand this does not automatically make those who follow the Book of Rabyd Pro-Life folks in the political social sense. What is asked at this point is to recognize simply and powerfully that people have the right to life. Life is simply the first right but it is certainly not the only one and the reason members of the Rabyd Family are not necessarily Pro-Life in the sense of being anti-abortion is we recognize the tension between this right and the next one which is the Right to Liberty and the third which is the Right to Pursue Happiness. These three rights stand as equals and so they must be measured as equals when issues involving them are considered.
We need to understand this is only a right for people. When I hear people talking about animal rights there is an inherent philosophical problem. The problem being that rights imply responsibility and animals certainly cannot recognize my right to live. You can’t talk to a carnivore in the animal kingdom and press the matter that he should respect the rights of his fellow herbivores to live. To have this right you must be a person who not only can recognize desire to live but also respect that others have this right to live. So far I can san only see the human race as having this right to live the debate comes when one member of our race is incapable of either recognizing this right or defending it. Thus, the debate about abortion or what to do with the mentally incapacitated – a debate which will probably rage until Jesus’ return. Intelligence is not the only factor because human being recognize rights on more than just an intellectual level. Something emotional and dare I say spiritual is involved.
Bottom line, respect for life means that I do not kill other people for the purpose of gain or pleasure because they have the right to live. I also have the right to live and thus if someone threatens that right I have the right to defend myself up to and including deadly force in return. I have often said that if a person does die at my hand it will be because they made a choice to cross the line in lacking of respect for my right to live and thus forfeit their own.
The main point here is that matters involving the life of people should always be measured with the greatest gravity. Much soul-searching should be done when the life of human beings is at stake and in the end the choice should slant toward life and not death. People who do not respect human life and the gravity of decisions involving life should never be respected.