by just title, Hence, to breathe, under all circumstances, together with all physical motion and the sustenance of the body, which involves the right of property to a certain extent, each in given circumstances, is the natural right of every one.
So also the right of the embryo-man, the idiot, the imbecile, the uncivilized, or the savage, to protection and defence, is a natural right; and for the same reason, to be protected and defended from certain helpless conditions by others, is the natural right of every one in all states of humanity.
Because each of these, and of all similar things, is in itself good, being a necessary condition of the operation of the essential good, and is either in our possession or ought to be in our possession; each one is also a natural right
, the good that is or ought to be in our possession.
But there are acquired rights
It is the duty
of man to act, from the very fact that he is endowed with the attribute of the good
, which envelops the idea of duty.
He also has power
to act from the very same natural constitution.
Now, if he use this power
as duty and rectitude indicate that he should do, all nature teaches, what the Bible
confirms, that he will glorify God, i. e., exemplify his goodness, and therein promote his own happiness and the happiness of those with whom he is associated; or, in