We Are All Unique Xor Equal

We cannot be both unique and equal. It is a contradiction. It is a fantasy that many people have. When they want to be individuals they tell themselves they’re unique. And when they feel threatened by those in more powerful positions they say that everyone is equal.

The reality is that no one is equal. Every atom is my body is arranged differently to everyone else. We are equal in terms of rights the governments give us but there are special cases. Journalists are often given different rights in order to keep reporting. To say that you are equal to someone else is false. This may seem like pedantry but to me it seems essential to avoid confusion. It’s fine you just it as shorthand for “you have been awarded the same rights as me by the  government” but most people genuinely think we are inherently equal in some way which is dangerously wrong.

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