Women are equal to men? All men were created equal? Neither was ever so – nor need be.
Equality is a myth. Not even twins or clones are equal. Even your own body is not symmetrical and balanced. We are all unique and different (just like every else) – not necessarily in any or all ways better or worse nor more or less worthy or deserving but certainly none of us the same or equal. In every Socialist State, Secret Society, Animal Farm, or Family, some are always “more equal” than others.
We all have talent(s) – but some have more or less than others. What anyone else may or may not have has little to do with what we may. Some of us will always be taller or shorter, darker or lighter, fatter or skinnier, stronger or weaker, faster or slower, and more or less able or accomplished compared to others at any given time. Even though we may all have more in common than not, it is our differences that make us who we are.
Equality is not needed. It would be better to help each other appreciate and develop both our own and others’ assets and attributes than to pretend we are or should be (treated) all equally (and interchangeably) the same regardless of who or how we are and what we may or may not do, desire, need, care about, or be capable of.
All that glitters is not gold; nor is gold always best. A “talent” was an ancient measure of silver – and ability.
It much not enough to merely “have talent”; like “potential”, for it to be worth anything, it must be recognized, developed, and applied. Education and encouragement cannot guarantee enthusiasm, let alone “evolution”. Innate talent is often more important than acquired skill and experience, but talent without acquired skill and experience is seldom of much use or value – especially compared to those who (continually) cultivate theirs.
Identifying, edifying, and appreciating your assets, attributes, and innate talents creates more than just a silver lining in life but a glittering glimmer in your eyes worth more than gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, or any other measure of material wealth. Gems are clearly not the only nor best (measure of) “riches” – but like them, much of our “real” and perceived value comes from being both rare and genuine.
Invest time, energy, and effort into increasing your own worth. Don’t try nor desire to be like anyone else.
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