The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:|
classes,--the qualify and the equality.
The latter will always recognize the former when mistaken for it.
Both will be with us until our women bear nothing but hangs.
It was through the Declaration of Independence that we Americans
acknowledged the ETERNAL EQUALITY of man. For by it we abolished
a cut-and-dried aristocracy. We had seen little mere artificially
held up in high places, and great men artificially held down in
low places, and our own justice-loving hearts abhorred this
violence to human nature. Therefore, we decreed that every man
should thenceforth have equal liberty to find his own level. By
this very decree we acknowledged and gave freedom to true