Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Inequality is an illusion

In truth it is inequality that is the illusion. The extreme disproportion between men, that we seem to see in life, is a thing of changing lights and lengthening shadows, a twilight full of fancies and distortions.

We find a man famous and cannot live long enough to find him forgotten; we see a race dominant and cannot linger to see it decay.

It is the experience of men that always returns to the equality of men; it is the average that ultimately justifies the average man.

It is when men have seen and suffered much and come at the end of more elaborate experiments, that they see men as men under an equal light of death and daily laughter; and none the less mysterious for being many.

Nor is it in vain that these Western democrats have sought the blazonry of their flag in that great multitude of immortal lights that endure behind the fires we see, and gathered them into the corner of Old Glory whose ground is like the glittering night.

For veritably, in the spirit as well as in the symbol, suns and moons and meteors pass and fill our skies with a fleeting and almost theatrical conflagration; and wherever the old shadow stoops upon the earth, the stars return.
Source: What I Saw in America by G. K. Chesterton

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