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Dignity for All by Pamela Gerloff, Robert W. Fuller

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chapter threeNaming the Solution

Let’s face it. Humans are predatory animals. Throughout history, the stronger or more powerful members of our species have preyed upon the weaker among us. Because this predatory—i.e., rankist—behavior has such deep historical roots, it can be hard to imagine a world that has rank without rankism. It can be hard to envision a world where rank holders use their rank to protect the dignity of all.

But we can begin to imagine such a world. In fact, moving beyond our predatory instincts may well be the only sane course of action if we want to have a chance at species survival. We live today in a world with massive societal challenges—poverty, famine, crime, disease, climate change, and war. We possess weaponry that ...

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