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We Are Not All Created Equal
We are not all created equal in our ability to achieve success. Each of us has unique set of strengths and challenges. We are meant to share our strengths with others and learn from others how to solve our challenges. Sometimes we extend a helping hand and sometimes we need one.
In difficult times, it is even more important to help each other. We do not have to agree, but we should not try to destroy each other either. Disagreeing until we bring harm to others is immature and self-centered.
As the richest country in the world, we spend less helping the poor than most modern nations. Is it because of the idea that everyone is created equal and has an equal chance at success? Let them get theirs the way I got mine. That is a fairy tale.
If a child is born disabled or grows up in a poor, abusive or criminal home, he does not have an equal chance at success. He will start school 1.5 years behind other students and by 3rd grade he will be three years behind his peers educationally. Most will never catch up.
Lending a helping hand because you were born with advantages than others may not have can make this world a better place for all of us. Then you can learn lessons from the strengths others gained from struggling.
We have our differences and we can speak what we think and believe. That is what makes this country great.
I have traveled all over the world and other countries do not have advantages equal to those of the US in terms of freedom and standard of living. We do not have armed guards in the market as we saw in Israel and children begging for food on every street like in China. The police will not arrest us for taking a picture of a military installation as they did on our trip to China. We do not have look over our shoulders for terrorists trying to capture Americans for ransom as we did in the Philippines. We were not robbed in the market as we were in Brazil. We have air conditioning everywhere. Girls can go to school without being shot. My body is not covered from my head to my toes and I can drive a car anywhere I want to go. I cannot be shot for walking onto Muslim Sacred ground as I almost did at the gate to the Temple Mount at the market in Jerusalem.
We have a great country. We can afford to help those less fortunate so we can all have an equal chance at success.