Who idolizes you will crucify you. Whom you idolize you will crucify. Remain equal to all and you will empower yourself and others. ~Alan Cohen
Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other. ~Vera Nazarian
I googled about the above writers to know more about their backgrounds, and learnt that Alan Colen is an inspirational writer and Vera Nazarian is a fantasy and science fiction writer.
I agree with Alan Colen’s quote about the equality of humankind and treating one another as equal. I think the society and mass media tends to segregate or discriminate people based on social class, accomplishments, and so on, which is problematic as it gives an illusion that some people are more important than others. Yet a superstar is just as valuable and worthy as a common man or woman on the street, so to speak. I guess when people idolise a perceived great man or woman, they may end up crucifying him or her when they see his or her weaknesses or failures, not recognising that the person whom they idolise is just as human as they are. So, like what Alan Cohen says, when people remain equal to all, they empower themselves and others. They can see one another as royal kings and queens, regardless of differences in age or social standing or any other external factor.
And yes, like what Vera Nazarian said, it matters not who stumbles first. Everyone stumbles at one time or another anyway, and whoever gets up first can help others get up too, as we are all here to love and serve one another. Our stumbling enables us to empathise with others in their stumbles, and vice versa. When people help one another to get up from their stumbles, it becomes an upward stumbling, so to speak, as everyone grows together and climbs higher through helping and supporting one another in love.
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