Monday, May 01, 2006

What Geometry Teaches Us About the Constitution

What can math teach us about the Constitution? Geometry has several postulates and axioms which are assumed and never proven. This could also be applied to the Constitution if you think about it. The Constitution never lists a right to life for the common person. It is mentioned that the life of a criminal may not be taken away without due process of the law, and that no State can deprive the life of a person.

You would think that would be enough for the abortion crowd to see their mistakes. The states cannot make any law depriving the life of a person. Abortion clearly deprives a person of not only their life, but also their liberty. Of course, the abortion on demand crowd will then say the fetus isn't living. Still, this is clear proof right here, or so it seems.

Shouldn't a right to life be in the Constitution? What good are your rights if you are dead? Our rights are protected from oppression by the government, but none of them work unless you are alive. Try speaking out against the government when you are dead. Or fighting back. And if you find a way to put a dead man on trial, perhaps we could save some time with Saddam.

Could it be that the creators of the Constitution created a loophole, and our government is free to oppress us through death? Or is it that they considered the right to life so blindingly obvious that it was not worth mentioning? I am no Constitutional scholar, but I think they saw it as the latter. Back to geometry, there are several axioms which everything is build upon. The postulates could be seen as the Bill of Rights, everything is built upon them. Our laws, the theories, are built upon the postulates. Still, there are several additions which are assumed common notions.

Euclid determined some statements to be common notions. This includes the whole being larger than the part, equals added to equals result in an equal sum, and so on. Doesn't this seem pretty obvious? Could it be that the Constitution has some common notions, such as the right to life?

I'm not sure anyone else has ever looked at it this way, but I hope I got some minds thinking today. Without the right to life, the Constitution is null and void? Isn't it assumed already that all citizens have a right to life, in order to be governed by the Constitution in the first place?


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