Excerpt from Political Power and Personal Freedom: Critical Studies in Democracy, Communism, and Civil Rights
With respect to some things in this world, like variations in beauty and intelligence and natural Skill, nothing can be done except to shed and enjoy the radiance of natural grace wherever possible. Whether it is genetic accident or divine design, as far as the lot of the individual is concerned it is a matter of luck. But with respect to social status, there is always something that can be done, especially as to where and how one spends most of his working day. This is not a matter of luck. It is a matter of justice. Ideally what is required for the good society is the de velopment of a mutuality of esteem for the contributions all individuals make to the work of society, not as an empty propaganda gesture to in crease production, but as a genuine recognition of the specific way in which the specific person helps in creating the objects and services that are the products and conditions of a good society.
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