The Right to Utopia Comparison Essay by RightRiters

The Right to Utopia
A look at "The Declaration of Independence" and Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" and the issue of natural rights.
# 23379 | 1,424 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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In both documents, ?I Have a Dream? by Martin Luther King, and the ?Declaration of Independence?, a belief in natural rights is evident. The paper shows that the views represented in these documents disagree with the view that no-one has natural rights. Furthermore the divine hand in the giving of rights is considered in both documents. Each person has rights and these rights are of a God-given nature. By analyzing these documents, the paper shows that both distinguish between a ?Utopia? and a ?Dystopia?, where the utopia is the ideal of balanced human rights. The dystopia is the unacceptable order of things as they presently are. Thus the utopia is the ideal that should replace the dystopia.

From the Paper:

"In the Declaration the idea is also that human rights and liberty are natural and divinely instituted rights, which nobody could take away from anybody else. The "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" are called upon to back the people in their search for utopia. These laws are called upon also to serve a separating function. America is to be separated from England as a ruling country. They declare themselves independent and equal to England. Thus, what the people of the United States are asking for is not for others to give up or modify their rights in favor of those in America, but rather for an equal and separate standing with England. They cite the natural and God-given rights of every human being as those of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Interestingly, this is also mentioned by Martin Luther King in his speech, for the people being deprived of these very rights by their fellow free and equal Americans."

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