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5 Quotes on Equality

From SGI President Daisaku Ikeda


1. True equality starts from the recognition that every person is unique—like the cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms. Equality means that each person is able to fully manifest his or her individuality; and democracy should impartially give all people this opportunity. (Ikedaquotes.org)

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2. To view and judge others only through the prism of religion or ethnicity distorts the rich reality we each possess as individuals. In contrast, when we develop a deep appreciation, through our individual friendships, of each other’s unique value, differences of ethnicity or religion are illuminated by the dignity and worth of that friend and shine as the value of diversity. (“The Global Solidarity of Youth: Ushering in a New Era of Hope,” Daisaku Ikeda’s 2017 Peace Proposal)

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3. Unless we can build a society that regards human beings not as a means to an end but as the end itself, we will remain forever a society of discrimination, unhappiness, and inequality—a realm of animality where the strong prey upon the weak. We will simply repeat the same patterns. (The Victorious Teen, p. 147)

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4. We must remind ourselves that these people who are living with extreme uncertainty in desperate circumstances are our fellow human beings, no different from us. It is just that they were born in different countries and have different backgrounds and life stories. (“The Global Solidarity of Youth: Ushering in a New Era of Hope,” Daisaku Ikeda’s 2017 Peace Proposal)

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5. The ‘invisible arrow’ of evil is not to be found in the existence of races and classes external to ourselves but is embedded in our hearts. The conquest of our own prejudicial thinking, our own attachment to difference, is the necessary precondition for open dialogue. Such discussion, in turn, is essential for the establishment of peace and universal respect for human rights. (My Dear Friends in America, third edition, p. 340).

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