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Visual Ethics by Paul Martin Lester

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In Rawls’ thought experiment for his veil of ignorance philosophy, no one class of people is entitled to advantages over any other. Not knowing the demographic and cultural specifics of another should result in an attitude of mutual respect. Practically, the phrase “walk a mile in someone’s shoes” is a popular adaptation of this philosophy.

American songwriter Joe South introduced the phrase to a popular audience with his 1970 hit, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” later covered by such diverse singers as Bryan Ferry, Harry Belafonte, and Elvis Presley (Boyd, 2014). Although a simple sentiment plainly articulated, South’s song speaks to how most confrontations and ethical dilemmas should be resolved – by reducing ...

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