An Important issue has come up with the words, “That all men are created equal,” recently on another thread on this site. These are some of the most famous words in The Declaration of Independence and could not be more unclear when subjected to closer scrutiny. This is a quote from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these end, it is the right of the people to alter of abolish it and to institute new government, laying the foundation on such principles and organizing it powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
I was asked recently on another thread on this site if the words, “that all men” meant, all mankind or just all men. Well apparently this question has been up for debate very many times since it was written.
As you can see the writer uses the word mankind towards the end of the quote. What do you think his intentions were?
I would like to invite good intelligent debate that addresses this subject matter and keep it clean, meaning nobody is to be personally attacked for opinions.