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Letter: Reconciling differences

Valerie Lindhout re reconciling differences

Published on August 25, 2017 12:01AM

With reference to The Daily Astorian editorial of Aug. 17, “We must always reject the toxic lies of racism and bigotry,” I came to so-familiar words in the last paragraph: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …”

My first reaction was, as usual, emphatically, “Oh yes,” but then, the next usual thought: How many more centuries of time and quantities of verbiage must we endure blathering about the meanings of the words “men” (in this context, of course) and “equal”? And while the talk goes on forever, force prevails, nature has its unbridled, often cruel way, and people suffer. I haven’t noticed it getting better lately.

Of course we could, after all this time, at least consider another suggestion. Like the Human Relativity Theory Paradox, which is that it is truly only in differences that all people are equal, and that only in reconciling differences between people is the practice and proving of living equality possible.

When can we start? Reconciling differences sounds good to me.

Valerie Lindhout



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