Individual rights are not self-evident but are, like the theory of gravity, objective discoveries based on the facts of reality.
Individual rights are not a perceptual self-evidency but are a tremendous discovery that took humanity centuries of observation and thought to discover and formulate.
Individual rights are the objectively identified requirements for a human being to live a flourishing life in society. It is because they are not self-evident that there is much confusion over the nature of rights and how they are applied.
- Man’s Rights by Ayn Rand