On Human Respect

“With us no individual is born with a right to look down upon his neighbor and hold him in contempt.”
-Mark Twain, “Americans and English” speech

And in so doing we forfeit any moral authority to which we would ever hope to lay claim.

Whatever the source of contempt for another, it is not a right nor a source of pride or justification, but merely a failing of the human spirit.

 

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