William Bridge on resistance to tyranny and the law of self-preservation

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... Precepts that forbid evil, do command the contrary good. Now the moral natural Law of God forbids a man to kill himself, and therefore commands him to preserve himself: and as by a positive act men cannot make a Law to kill themselves, no more can they not to preserve themselves; the one being as strongly commanded by the moral Law, and as deeply seated in Nature as the other. Secondly, because if the community should give away the power of self-preservation, the state should not be in a better but in a worser condition then before. ...

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