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46 Difference is essential to meaning

After my contracts course in law school, Professor Levin taught an exam review session. I was uncomfortable because his position was quite different from mine on almost every issue. Later he posted grades and returned the test booklets to us. He had given me the highest grade in the class--not because I agreed with him, but because I had covered every issue.

Using Professor Levin’s philosophy, I give you questions, not answers. If you stay with me, you are the one who changes the world.

Separating “us” from “them” is the road to destruction. It is the macro version of separating “self” from “other.” Differences, not separation, are essential to meaning. Where all are identical, there is no individual identity. Isolating the parts devalues everybody’s meaning. Personal value is uniqueness within the whole. Joy is our wholeness which we do not achieve alone.

The improved new world is not imposed on us by autocracy. We arrive there by our own decisions, respecting human equality, diversity, and dignity. Combining opposing principles of thesis and antithesis, human genius creates synthesis. Your contribution is essential to our survival.

I do not give you answers because they do not exist yet. We are building them using every positive idea within our reach—and beyond.


The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

Albert Einstein

The more we realize what still needs to be achieved, the more I am encouraged by our progress. This is a positive, creative time when we have the priceless opportunity and reasons to change our thinking.

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