December 5, 2012

Society's way of ranking people doesn't have to be mine.

Cursed be the social lies that warp us from the living truth. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Our status-hinged society places well-educated professionals high above the rest of us. If people are doctors or lawyers or professors, they are automatically honored and respected for the prestige of their position. But as human being, highly placed people~even presidents and kings~are not one bit better than anyone else.

The story is told of a famous physician who telephoned AA in a moment of alcoholic despair. The AA member who was sent to make the call found the intoxicated doctor in a pitiable but belligerent state. "What kind of work do you do?" he slurred. "I'm a housepainter," answered the visitor. "I can't believe they sent a workingman!" the doctor shouted. "Don't you know the difference between you and me?" "Yes," the AA member replied, "You're a drunk doctor and I'm a sober painter."

All human beings are subject to defeat and despair. Behind titles, people are just people~brave and afraid, lazy and vigorous, compassionate and indifferent. Much of the distance we perceive between ourselves and others is just social smoke.

Society's way of ranking people doesn't have to be mine.

H/T: Believing In Myself

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