"Men" as Applied in the U.S. Constitution? [F1 385]
How to interpret the word "Men"
The Evils of Mankind
Mankind, Homo Sapien, Human Beings, and the Human Race are four words describing the same thing. Any of these words are equal in describing the class of Earth creatures known as humans. The association of the word "men" should be to mankind. However, it is ambiguous in many situations because man is also the male form of human beings, while woman is the female form of human beings. Therefore, using the word man to describe the whole of the people brings a level of uncertainty. The English language contains words adapted from many other languages, and that creates multiple words to define the same thing. They do have some differences, but that depends on the sophistication, and education of the listener, or reader. This is not an English text book, the goal is to point out that the words Man and Men are ambiguous in many cases, and can wrongly be interpreted such as in the following example on the US Constitution.
The US Constitution and its related documents use the word Man, and not Mankind. The phrase “All Men are Created Equal” is interpreted by most people as the equivalent of the word Mankind. However, when we take into consideration the context of the documents and the application of the US Constitution over the history of the United States, we find it difficult to find equivalency of Mankind to Man.
- A few examples show that in reality Man is Male, not Mankind. In the US Constitution Women were not given the right to vote. Clearly, the country wouldn’t have needed the constitution amendment that gave women the right to vote. In fact, women have always been treated as chattel or possessions of men. Over the course of US history women have come closer to parity with men, but even today it has not be accomplished.
As for, the phrase All Men are Created Equal, the US Constitution differentiated among males, and defined Black Men as being three fifths of a Man. It took the fifteenth amendment to give Black Men the right to vote.
- And while the thirteenth amendment freed all slaves, both men and women, it didn’t give Black Women the right to vote. For women, it would take a constitution amendment to give all women the right to vote. So from 1865, until 1920 women didn’t have the right to vote in the US Elections.
The whole purpose of the American Revolution was to form a Democratic Republic where the people would vote for the representatives that would run their country. Without the right to vote, you really didn’t participate in this freedom. In fact, for the longest time only landowners could vote. This restriction was removed by yet another amendment.
Religion and Man
You would think that God would treat Man as Mankind, but that is not the case. The Old Testament and the New Testament were written by MEN. In these bibles, Men and not women were the focus.
- Even God used a woman, as a Surrogate to deliver the baby Jesus. After the delivery of Jesus, Mary served no further purpose. There are other examples of the non importance of women in religion.
- All the Apostles were Men. All the Saints are Men. In the history of churches, only in the last fifty years have women played an equal role to men in the church. The Catholic Church is still ignoring women in their hierarchy, segregating women to be nuns, and not priests, bishops, cardinals, or the Pope.
Remember the Phrase, that "All Men are Created Equal, and Endowed by their Creator". Yet, we have seen that was not true in government, and now we see it isn’t even true in Religion.
- There is a narrow exception in the inequality of women to men in those countries that have monarchies. Women can become Queens, or Princesses, but they are still subservient to the King if one exists.
In contrast, the US has women in Congress, and strangely, it didn’t take a constitutional amendment to give that right. We even had a two term half black, half white president, but we have yet to have even a woman Vice President.
While this quest for female equality in the US, the majority of the world population is still dominated by Men. Some countries are still living as they did in biblical times. The point here is that we cannot impose the progress in the US for women’s equality as progress for the population of the world. This is important to understand for the purpose of defining the basic common attributes of both sexes in mankind.
Non withstanding the inequality of the sexes, the basic human characterics are shared by both sexes. The theme of this article is the concept of Evil in the world of humans.
- Can we describe Evil, or is it ambiguous like the word Pornography. For pornography, one US Supreme Court justice said, I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it. That may also be the best way of explaining Evil.
- Neither of these words can be defined with solid colors, but only in countless shades of Gray. Imagine a sliding scale with black on one side and white on the other side. We can see shades of gray, but we want to know which color it is leaning towards.
- The problem is that there is no absolute middle between the Black and the White. The reason is that Evil is subjective to many factors, such as society, mores, personal and religious beliefs, and others.
Different countries and different cultures skew the line between Black and White. So, what is evil in one country is not evil in another country. The same can be applied to the different religions, actually, to many different variable of human life.
- So the general rule that can be applied for the definition of Evil is something that is not Good. These are relative terms, and can be applied in different environments. As the level of the act increases toward Evil, there is usually a counter act to retard that act, or eliminate it. This can be a civil or criminal law, a sanction by religion or even by people in general.
Propensity of Humans for Evil
The propensity of humans is toward Evil.
- In fact, I would make the statement that Evil is their default characteristic.
- No one has to remind someone to be Evil, but constant reminders, and sanctions are made to encouraged good human behavior.
The end result of this ambiguous and vague use of the word men tied together with the word equality has caused much conflict in the US this century.
- To many people have taken equality to mean equal
- But the real connotation should be Equal Opportunity.
- How for example are babies that are born with major defects going to be equal to normal babies. But if we apply equal opportunity then we can bring these defective babies up with as much normality as is possible.
It is sad but, in the US it is actually the government that makes gender, color, race and ethnicity part of their forms. Why do they need to know these physical attributes of the American Citizens.
- If you want to be equal then you don't put any words in front of the word, 'American'.
- Also, how can married people and single people be equal? They are different, and they are treated differently by the government.
- The whole concept of using marriage on the form for your 1040 is wrong.
- The better solution is to treat Couples, married or not as a legal partnership for the payment of Income Taxes, or any place where a legal partnership can be used.
The 14th amendment has been misinterpreted as true Equality and it has been improperly adjudicated for that same reason.
- If the 14th amendment had meant equality, and all men were created equally, then there would have been no reason for the 15th amendment.
- If men had meant mankind, then there would not have been any need for the 19th amendment. That amendment gave women the right to vote, 55 years after Black Men were given the right to vote.