Being Human Is to Respect Equality

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We are experiencing a transition that can be described as the passage from a collective childhood to our collective maturity. During this transition, thoughts and attitudes associated with childhood are gradually being replaced with structures of a civilisation that reflects our adulthood. Characterising this transition is the redefinition of human relationships within the context of a single social body, animated by bonds of mutualism and reciprocity. Such a transition calls for an organic change in the structure of society. It requires that oneness becomes the operating principle of our collective life. However, the subject of inequality has gained greater prominence and inequality has become more and more visible in discussions on poverty. We recognise the persistent and deepening inequalities at all levels, and there is widespread consensus that the assessment of inequalities must play a central role in any development agenda. Equality, such as equality of men and women, of diverse peoples and nations, and of all people before the law expressed, is an important element of social organisation. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and are “endowed with reason and conscience.” Dignity, reason, and conscience are qualities common to every one of us. As such, the main concern of efforts in this area would not be to create equality, but rather to reflect in social structures and processes the equality that already exists. The principle of gender equality, for example, is rooted in this same idea—in those aspects that make human beings human—there is no distinction between women and men. Equality, then, is more than just a desirable condition to be achieved for the good of society. It is a fundamental aspect of what it means to be human. The principle of justice applies to the individual as much as it does to social institutions. At this level, justice can be seen as an evolving moral...
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