I'm with you. As I was reading these, I was thinking about Thomas Paine (just started his bio by Christopher Hitchens) and the question of where these "Rights of Man" come from being certainly not from a god, since gods of differing societies recommend destruction of those who don't worship their "chosen, true" god. They certainly do come from the agreements we make as we move through society in order to propel ourselves socially as well as maintain relationships intimately. It's thought that certain animals, including humans, evolved not by the doctrine of "survival of the fittest", but by their development of cooperation and, eventually, collaborative and relational societies. In other words, simplistically, you may be a big strong brute, but if you can't get along with others you may be ostracized and/or imprisoned and not have a chance at reproduction or social elevation.