Essay on Declaration Of Independence By Ayn Rand

1343 Words Jan 5th, 2016 6 Pages
As I sat here, trying to form the words to begin this assignment, I turned to the image of our founding fathers in John Trumbull’s painting “Declaration of Independence” represented on Bellevue University’s Center for America’s Vision &Values website. During my examination of the painting and recalling the hardships of some of the depicted signers, I realized all of these men were mostly high regarded, well educated, and moderately wealthy men. When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor”, I wondered if each signer fully realized the voyage they were about to take as they paved the road to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. It is debatable what motivated each man to sign the Declaration but I believe the primary principle was to shake off the chains of tyranny from Great Britain in hope of securing the unalienable right of life; to which all others are secondary and dependent. Author Ayn Rand stated in her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, “The right to life is the only fundamental right, from which all other rights are derived.” I understand her statement to say, a man’s life is the only genuine possession each person can give to realize true liberty. I believe our forefathers understood this when counting the cost, especially in lives, to gain or pursue the rights and principles outlined in the Declaration. John Adams knew this when he penned a letter to his…

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