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Equality via Consent (or,

Nucleus of the Natural Law.)

Everyone has the right to believe whatever they want, to do whatever they wish to do, so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same. This is a concept that resonates very deeply with me. This they have often called, in slightly varying forms of wording conveying essentially the same meaning, the Natural Law — specifically in the political philosophy known as Libertarianism. I would list this as one of the very valuable concepts offered to me by my mother — but of which my father far more closely approximated, far more authentically embodied. I know that there is quite a bit of debate packed into that loaded sentence regarding the nature of the Natural Law (evidently synonymous with the Wiccan Rede), but I for one believe it to be a nucleus worth revolving around, a value worth elaborating upon, an ideal well-worth investing in and aspiring to and building on.

This means that the moral status of any relationship is directly relative to the degree of consent inherent in the relationship in question. This keeps the focus where it belongs, in my opinion — which is to say on individual choice.

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