One thing Liberalism has worked against for an awfully long time is status by birth. That one should be born to a position, like Royalty or the Aristocracy. Instead Liberalism believes in people being self made. That you should occupy a position in society because you earned it, not because of an "accident of birth".
However, what exactly is an "accident of birth"?
The more I think about it the more bizarre the phrase becomes. Does it mean that anyone could have become the Prince of Wales for example? The phrase implies that there is an enormous waiting room where all those waiting to be born are waiting for instructions. And that it is entirely random, or in other words an accident, that you have the parents that you have. But of course it is not an accident at all.
Every child came about because one man and one women made them, and no other combination will work. The fact that a child has it's own father as it's father is not an accident, anymore then the fact that it's mother is it's mother is an accident. There can be no other outcome. In other words there is no such thing as an accident of birth.
Prince Charles is the Prince of Wales because he was born to his own parents. Maybe he has always wanted to be a Kalahari bushman, unfortunately for him, he didn't have the right parents for that. Instead his inheritance is something quite different, in fact it's not simply his inheritance, it's his birthright!
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