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All Men are Created Equal

Thomas Jefferson first used the phrase "All men are created equal"in the Declaration of Independence as a rebuttal to the going political theory of the day: the Divine Right of Kings.

Now I am not going to get into political theory here, but what I am going to do is talk about the concept that each of us are created equal and how creating that thought process can be powerful in your everyday life.

While this isn't a revolutionary idea it does seem to be one that does not resonate with many of us as we go about our daily lives. Many of us, myself included sometimes feel like we are not as good as other people while others feel they are better than everyone else.

I want to share with you a personal revelation that I have had, I was an insecure person. I never felt like a good husband, a good father or a really a man. I always wondered what it would feel like to be a man and be seen by others as a strong person. I did not feel as though I measured up and that everyone around me was better than me. I strived so hard in life to excel and prove myself to others for that slight glimpse of acceptance and praise.

How I came to have this revelation was through a conversation with a very dear friend of mine. During our talk he shared with me a key principle engrained into him by his mother. The principle he shared with me was "he is no better than any other human being and no other human being is better than him". By living his life this way he finds utter happiness and acceptance in all of his relationships. For him, knowing and living this principle means that he accepts everyone in his life for who they are, an equal to him.

When I heard him tell me this I thought to myself "that is amazing, if only I could think and feel that way".

Well I have transformed my way of thinking and I am happy to say that I now truly understand this concept and practice this everyday. I have done that through understanding these basic principles:

  1. Every person that I meet has a personal story (good, bad or tragic)
  2. We all feel that our stories are unique and that nobody will understand or care
  3. Many of the people I come into contact with are feeling inadequate in some way, just like I used to
  4. Each of us are just trying to make it through each day
  5. By realizing these things I am able to interact and see people as equals
  6. By sharing I create a sense of openness and comfort that people want to be around

Now I am not sure how some people clearly live this concept their entire lives, I have a feeling that it has something to do with the way they were raised, like my dear friend. For those of us not lucky enough to have this concept engrained in our lives we need to remember that each of us has the power to transform the way we think. Here is a link to a great blog and a great coach that speaks directly to transforming the way you think.

I would love to hear your points of view on this, how do you view others?

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Reader Comments (3)

Simple concept, but powerful. Thanks for sharing and being real!
June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Tinjum
David, thank you for comment, you are spot on that it is a simple concept and very powerful. I hope that my sharing will encourage others to share so we can all grow from each others experiences.
June 20, 2011 | Registered CommenterAdam Ross
Executives are highly essential for any organization and therefore there are many people those who want to have a certain range of improvements in the new tasks been assigned to the executive. First of all we should understand the responsibility of an executive and also we should different criteria towards each work. All men should be treated equally and we should always try to respect them such the organization goes in a smooth way. Therefore there are many people such as they should be more aware of the situation and scenario in an organization.
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Steen

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