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Opinion

Equality at conception, but life inevitably unequal


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 20, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Aristotle once said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

It seems today that many cannot entertain a thought that differs from their own even tho' many others find that entertaining a thought can be a learning process.  

I guess that makes the world go around, yet I like very much to read and hear differing opinions, then try to base my thoughts and actions on common sense derived from the various differences presented.  

Now to the point, our Forefathers wrote in The Declaration of Independence, "all men are created equal," which I firmly believe. But, to me, creation begins when the sperm unites with an egg, thus creating a living organism.  

After that precise moment equal leaves the picture as creation is now over a developmental process with so many intervening factors making every second different for every living thing. I cannot begin to understand why such radical changes in humans occur, many which it seems no one controls or is responsible for and some think a merciful God would not allow.  

At birth, things are never equal as we all know. Birth defects, parenting, all contribute to an inequality which follows some as long as they live. We are left to deal with the inequities of life in which some do well and others fail.

Many born to wealth, health and all the goodies never contribute, while some born with seemingly impossible to overcome disabilities contribute so much. Are answers somewhere, beyond my ability to understand. I just don't know?

Keith Crosby

Newnan