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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    This is more or less a philosophical poll.

    Can people be "better" than others? What is better? Better in general? Superior in general? Or only better/superior in select aspects?

    I have heard people say they are better than others. I see people with immense IQs, memory, or physique. Some have great discipline and rigidity. Others seek wisdom or endurance. Are there those who are superior in general!

    I ask because I observe society. I watch them.

    There are many in our society who are proud. So proud. Privileged wealthy people. The upper crust echelons. The typical white tea partier who makes around $250,000 or more. The socialite. The wealthy businessman. The arrogant jock. The know-it-all student. Lawyers, doctors, etc. Actors, media stars, etc. The list goes on and on.

    Such proud, vain people they are.

    I think no one is "better" than others. Before you concur, I wonder what kind of person you are, and life you lead. Somewhere deep inside, you probably think you're better than others. You argue intensely to "win" and persuade the masses. Because you think you're better...

    You never been proud?

    What do you think?
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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Each person has his/her own path. "Better" is a relative term. Every person is a master of at least one lesson that we might learn. Often the lesson we must learn is uncomfortable and often we choose not to learn it and as a part of doing so we despise the master. We too are masters, often unknowingly, of lessons.
    it depends on each individuals opinion on what makes people "better", everyone weighs things differently in value, making the definition of "better" different to everyone.

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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    It is one thing to say this person is a better runner that than person or this person is a better carpenter than that person. This is so obvious and trivial that it cannot possibly be what the poll is in reference to.

    The question seems to be purposely vague, one of the responses is "what do you mean by better?"

    But the thrust of the poll seems to be "Can the life of one person be worth more than the life of another?" If that is the question, the answer is an emphatic "No."

    All people are equally worthy, and thus in the moral sense no person is better than another.
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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    I try to respect others, I live a healthy lifestyle, I am a better athlete than most and have a good education. I try to live by a set of morals by which I respect the law and the rights of others... I do feel like I am better than people who do not do these things, but I also know that there are people who do many (or even all) of these things better than I do...
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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    Well "better" is an opinon. And depends on how you define "better"


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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    I would say that it is possible, but, as another person said, it would also be rare.

    I am going to say though that there could be cases where I would consider one person's life more important than another person's life. For instance, my children and husband are very important to me, they would take precedence over a lot of other people's lives, in many situations. That may be selfish, but I'm pretty sure that it is still how I would act.

    But even beyond family, if I knew 2 people who were about to die and I could only save one of them, and I knew them well enough to know that one was a greedy ass whose main purpose in life was to get rich while the other worked hard to just take care of her/him-self and their family and was always generous and helpful, I doubt very much that I would hesitate in saving the 2nd person. But that would still be a personal judgment for me and I am pretty certain that there are other people who would have the opposite answer.
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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    It very much depends on what criteria you are using to define 'better'. If I could pick and chose criteria, I could probably come up with at least one way in which any person on the planet is better than any other.
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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    This is more or less a philosophical poll.

    Can people be "better" than others? What is better? Better in general? Superior in general? Or only better/superior in select aspects?

    I have heard people say they are better than others. I see people with immense IQs, memory, or physique. Some have great discipline and rigidity. Others seek wisdom or endurance. Are there those who are superior in general!

    I ask because I observe society. I watch them.

    There are many in our society who are proud. So proud. Privileged wealthy people. The upper crust echelons. The typical white tea partier who makes around $250,000 or more. The socialite. The wealthy businessman. The arrogant jock. The know-it-all student. Lawyers, doctors, etc. Actors, media stars, etc. The list goes on and on.

    Such proud, vain people they are.

    I think no one is "better" than others. Before you concur, I wonder what kind of person you are, and life you lead. Somewhere deep inside, you probably think you're better than others. You argue intensely to "win" and persuade the masses. Because you think you're better...

    You never been proud?

    What do you think?
    I certainly think we all have our own unique talents and that some are better at certain things than others. However, in terms of where we stand in society, spiritually, and under the law, we are all the same (unless we are a criminal).

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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    Absolutely some people are better than others. There are massive differences in human talent, in motivation, in behavior. Arguing that welfare queens and convicted felons are truly equivalent in worth to entrepreneurs and philanthropists is to make a mockery of the term; it is to deny reality.

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    Re: Can a Person be "better" than Others?

    People do good things and bad things, but there are no good people or bad people. You may think that I'm splitting hairs, but it's wrong to judge others, and we shouldn't judge behavior too harshly either.
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