August 29th marks the date of English philosopher and physician John Locke’s birth and, as such, has been deemed Individual Rights Day. The national holiday is an opportunity for Americans to reflect on their freedoms of religion and speech and their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Locke’s landmark writing, Two Treatises of Government, revealed his revolutionary ideas about individual rights and the “social contract” that should exist between government and mankind. In his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, he put forth the theory that education, experience and knowledge – accumulated over time – is the only way for an individual to form an identity. In another work, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, he wrote, “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”
So today, why not reflect on the impact Locke, who would have been 384 years old, had in shaping the land of the free and the home of the brave by exercising your individual rights? You have the right to know the terms of your auto warranty, although for many of us, the details remain murky.
Auto warranties can mean the difference between an unexpected mechanical expense coming out of your pocket or the dealership’s. Not all auto warranties are the same, and it is wise to compare the fine print before you commit. Options include a manufacturer’s warranty, an extended warranty, a bumper-to-bumper warranty and a powertrain warranty. There also are warranties that cover batteries, rust, tires and other things like factory accessories and hybrid components.
Locke would want you to learn about each and every one of them.
“Every man has a property in his own person,” his Two Treatises of Government states. “This nobody has a right to, but himself.”
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