The Rock: Key to Rights

Because a stone can do so little, it provides a wonderful key to the rights with which God endowed us. About all a stone can do is passively defend the space it occupies. So we might say, just for a little mind trip, that a rock has a property right in its occupied territory, and that it defends that right with all its power. A diamond is pretty good at it.

The point is that the property right of the stone is inherent, intrinsic, and inalienable. It is impossible to violate that right without doing some degree of violence to the stone. Let that sink in because a rock is a key to natural rights.

It is impossible to violate the property right of a rock without doing violence to it. That is the essence of inalienability: you can’t separate the right from the rock.

To honor the property right of a stone, all you have to do is leave it alone.

That is the essence of freedom.

A natural rock.
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