One of the challenging features of the theory of a personally-private publicly-connected people is discovered-physics as the basis for civic morality. “Civic” indicates connections because people live the same years in the same place; personally private, they are publicly connected. To the extent of human understanding, physics is the basis of everything, including opinion. This could not have been thought before, because humankind had not understood evolution enough to make this idea understandable to most of the people. The path from physics to opinion spans 13.8 billion years in this universe, and we will explain the key steps with references for further understanding.
In tradition, religion seemed more reliable than science, essentially because science was held by opinion to be mutable, whereas what humans could rationally specify was opined unchangeable. Just as a man's name might be John, personal gods existed. Science is the study of evidence, and the common definition of “physics” is “a science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions”[i] We define it as the object of the study of evidence: reality. We know from Einstein’s general theory of relativity that energy equals mass times the square of the speed of light; further, “it is assumed that spacetime is curved by the presence of matter (energy)”.[ii] In 2016, humankind understands that physics not only must be discovered, but it continues to unfold, and the veracity of religious doctrine improves as it conforms to understood physics.
In 2016 America, persons are not subjects. Most citizens were born here, and have neither tacitly nor contractually agreed to a civil society. And political regimes since 1787 have not held to any obligations to the people, changing governance according to the regime in power, knowing the people are preoccupied with living. We think Locke's "civil society" is morally required to inform each newborn about the benefits and obligations of the society. In the three decades it takes for a newborn to acquire understanding for an authentic choice to be a member of the civil society or not, he or she is morally in a "natural state," in Locke's words, which I express only as a basis for discussion. Merely writing these thoughts prompts the idea of requiring citizens to make a declaration of intent to belong to the civil society, perhaps at age thirty, some five years after the body has completed the physical brain. Such a requirement would clarify the USA's obligation to inform the newborn.