A Christmas Tale: ‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper’ – and How it Applied to Patents
The phrase “I am my brother’s keeper” is used to explain a moral goal or imperative. The word ‘brother’ does not mean your biological brother, but those people in your community, or country, or really every other human being in the world. The word ‘keeper’ is used to mean that you have a moral responsibility to help every other human being in the world. This responsibility means that you are to put their needs before your interests and your moral goal is that people exist to serve others. In other words, the phrase ‘I am my brother’s keeper’ enshrines SLAVERY as a moral goal. Slavery is the condition in which you have no right to exist for yourself, your only right to exist is to serve others. Note that all slaves need a master and as a result it is no surprise that President Obama has used this phrase to explain his policies as he is an avowed socialist and wants to be our master.
Wherever this moral goal has been tried it has resulted in human suffering, misery, disease, famine, death, and torture. North Korea is the country that most encapsulates this moral goal today and it is a living hell. The Soviet Union and Communist China also tried to implement this moral imperative and it resulted in the largest genocides in the 20th century, resulting in the death of over 100 million people. Attempting to following this moral code also resulted in the Dark Ages under the direction of the Catholic Church. It is also why the Christian right is often ineffective at countering socialists arguments, since they accept the same moral goal. These bad outcomes do not occur because the wrong people are in charge, they occur because slavery is immoral and this is the logical result of following an immoral goal.
The opposite moral imperative to ‘I am my brother’s keeper’ can be found in our Declaration of Independence – namely the RIGHT to Pursue One’s Own Happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men 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.
This right to pursue your own happiness is the exact opposite of slavery. It states that no one has the right to enslave you (or anyone) morally or legally. Wherever this moral ideal has been tried it has always resulted in human happiness, abundance, technological innovation, increasing life spans, increase health care, and yes fewer environmental problems. There is no contradiction between what is moral and economic abundance and human happiness. This has not occurred because the right people have been in charge, it is the result of pursuing that which moral, namely FREEDOM.
Why should a blog directed to patents and inventions care about such a subject? Because this idea of ‘I am my brother’s keeper’ has been raised in the cases Association of Molecular Pathology v. USPTO (which was original called ACLU v. Myriad) and in Mayo v. Prometheus and it is used by opponents of patents. They all argue that the inventor has no right to his invention and the only reason we allow them to invent is to serve their fellow man. In the ACLU case this argument was re-crafted as property rights should not stand in the way of science.
Slavery is immoral and a moral goal of slavery, even if it is suppose to be voluntary, is immoral. Those who push the moral goal of slavery are advocating human misery, death, famine, and genocide.
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