In has been less than three hundred years and in some situations less than one hundred years, or even currently in some cases, when it was that a majority of peoples took it for granted that one’s place in society’s pecking order was preordained by bloodlines. So one should imagine just how shocking it was to the natural order of things when Thomas Jefferson, a slave holding aristocrat, wrote in America’s Declaration of Independence the words: “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…