Equality & Respect: How I’m Equal to Hugh Jackman

According to the Declaration of Independence, we’re all created equal. But Professor Aeon Skoble is not as rich as Bill Gates, as tough as Vin Diesel, or as sexy as Hugh Jackman. To Professor Skoble, the Declaration intends for us all to be treated equally before the law. Put another way, we should all have equal freedom to choose our own respective paths to happiness as long as we do not infringe on the freedoms of others.

Treating people as equals means that we should show equal respect for the choices they make. That means that, although we may disagree with others, we should respect their preferences for jobs, tv shows, music, etc… The legal system should show equal respect for persons by respecting their rights equally, not by interfering with the outcomes of people’s choices. If we try to produce equality in some other fashion, we will necessarily violate people’s freedom to choose.


  1. Matt Wavle

    This kind of thinking ought to prevail in the state removing itself from education, and making way for freedom of thought and the competition of free market education.  The one-size-fits-all approach to state-run education has us struggling with a common core being forced on our children, instead of the values and choices that we’d rather have for them to learn.  We are not truly free until we are free from forced indoctrination on us and our children.

  2. LightAnimaux

    It’s refreshing to hear someone talk about freedom like this instead of "equality means we all get equal things!" Certain Tumblr users could stand to absorb this idea. 😉

  3. asexymind

    Equality before the law. Laws that apply to all, including our officials. What a beautiful thing. What a unique idea in human history. May we preserve and honor it.

  4. kevinbuttrum

    Good video. When you force social or economic equality, you make all of us weaker. There is great joy in doing something one likes, and becoming successful at it.  
  5. Ade

    Fact about Liberty, its freedom to act and to behave provided it does not infringes on the rights of others. I think this is the whole concept of liberty and freedom.

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