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Equality – a value built on bilateral symmetry (translation)

visual representation of bilateral symmetryThese little squares are symmetrical even when turned 90, 180 or 360 degrees. They can also be interchanged or superimposed. The squares on the left are identical or equal to those on the right. The right ones are equal to the left. This kind of symmetry is the basis of the principle of “EQUALITY ”.  This value has been known for two centuries.

More specifically, this is an “equal right to be”, which is the foundation of our justice system. It has suffered much confusion because symmetries are broken and diversity and differences crop up.

The “equal right to BE” comes with our birth. It is a gift. This right to BE is equal to that of Others. It is not absolute for it can be revoked any time by the laws of nature through natural or accidental death.

The “equal right to be should not be confused with the utopian “equal right to have” or the equality of status. Beings are born different, evolve differently, and lay claim to their differences, because these grant them their identity. Beings have a right to be, live and become which is equal to that of other beings, and they also have the right to be different. However they have no natural “right to have” This distinction between “to BE” and “to HAVE” is fundamental.

Each time when the principle of equality between beings breaks down then discrimination inevitably appears.

One of the by-products of equality is equity, or fairness. Not getting rich at the expense of others is a way of respecting human beings, their rights and their differences. In other contexts, the principle of equality produces derivative values such as equilibrium (or balance), equivalence, fair trade, and so on, all of which are important values.