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“No man knows himself or can describe himself with fidelity. But he can reveal himself.”

Louis Fischer

“1. That the good of the individual is contained in the good of all.
2. That a lawyer’s work has the same value as the barber’s, inasmuch as all have the same right of earning their livelihoods from their work.
3. That a life of labor-the life of the tiller of the soil and the handicraftsman – is the life worth living.” Gandhi, from “The Essential Gandhi” (p. 60).

Two quotes that express a revelation of self. We don’t know self but we can reveal self through our philosophies, our actions and our words. It is like we are an artist. We can cover the canvas with paint as an expression of the interior of our self. What color are we? What color naturally emanates from our words and our life? What painting is on the inside waiting to get out?

Gandhi speaks of equality. Do you think of yourself as equal to another? In this world there is a premium paid to some and little to another and yet the worth of each is the same. Far more often than not identity is associated with monetary worth. What does that do personal self-worth? How does that translate into personal success? How does that translate into doing well?

The yardstick by which we measure ourself is no shorter or longer than the yardstick by which others measure themselves. What is true about that statement? What is troubling about that statement?

Francis Fukuyama writes, “What the demand for equality of recognition implies is that when we strip all of a person’s contingent and accidental characteristics away, there remains some essential human quality underneath that is worth of a certain minimal level of respect …” from Our Posthuman future.

What question lingers in your mind?

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2 responses to “Description

  1. I have no doubts whatsoever in my mind that we are all equal in all physical aspects but can be DIFFERENT in intellectual levels of development. What I try and drive across is that if I can get myself to accept that I am different rather than superior or inferior to someone else, I can accept that relationship in harmony.

  2. Yes! Intellectual capacity can lead to economic results that would not be achieved otherwise (not always, but more likely).

    The aspect of equality is at the level of “humanity” – there will be atributes of each person that will be different. We may have strength differences, speech, … and the list goes on, but our essence can be equal.

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