Should We Consider Changing One Word in the Declaration of Independence?

If Thomas Jefferson was alive today, he would probably agree to the change of the word “men” to “humans”. The often quoted line is, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men(humans) 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.” One can probably assume that Jefferson was writing for King George to read, and for him to realize that we were creating a government that gave equal rights to all humans including people from different lands and religions.. He wanted the King to understand that there was not one class over another.

Through the years, the protectors of our liberty, the judges, congressional leaders, and presidents have agreed that women, former slaves, the elderly, the disabled, the rich and the poor, and a whole group of humans commonly known as the LGBT community, should be treated as equals. The government was created with the checks and balances to provide that level playing field. Jefferson and the other writers of those founding documents knew that people from all areas of the world would want to come to this country, if there were equal opportunities for all..

In conclusion, it would be wrong to physically alter the documents. A more reasonable approach would be to explain that Jefferson was using the word men” as a euphinism for all “humans” on the earth.


We are one step closer to creating an Age of Inclusion when “All Lives Matter” becomes the accepted way for people to think of when that tiny voice in your head talks to you.. Before we can reach the Age of Inclusion, we must all realize that all humans are born with the some degree of the three instincts in them. That we are shaped by the environment we grow up in is what makes us different.

That most of the laws we created to have a civilized society, were generally the same ones in every country or tribe through-out the world. Murdering, stealing, cheating and slavery were outlawed in every tribe or nation through out the world. Areas of disagreement are LBGTQ, what type of government, role of women in society, human and territory rights.

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