8. Personal Dignity and Dialogue.

Curso Básico de Formación de Valores del Cubano - English


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If all persons are equal and worth the same, precisely because we are all human beings, then we all have the same dignity as  human beings.  No one is superior to the other.  No one is inferior to another.  There cannot be an external factor between persons, such as nationality, ethnicity, race, skin color, educational level, profession, qualities or particular abilities, level of intelligence or culture, etc. that can constitute a source of division between persons, or devalues some in comparison to others.


We are all worth the same.  We all posses the same dignity as persons.  This is fundamental in human relations. We have to treat each other equally. I cannot treat one person better than another because of one of those motivations – it is wrong.


There can be differences between persons, because of one of those already enunciated external factors. None is sufficient, however, to subtract value to another person or to think that this one is superior to that one, or vice versa.

On the other hand, we should respect the opinions and expressions of the rest; attending to the mutual respect we owe each other.


And when there are differences of opinions, the only civilized way of arriving at a consensus or a minimum understanding, is through dialogue.  In other word, I hear you and listen to you, and try to understand why you think in that way.


Then you hear me and listen to me, and you try to understand why I think this way.  That is the true dialogue.  If I try to impose my way of thinking, I am considering myself superior to the other person and believe that I can think better that he (or she).  If I know how to listen attentively and with humility, and we all do the same, we can find a common point or enrich ourselves with a new idea which we had not perceived before.  And the moment will arrive that we will become closer to one another.


In order to participate in an effective and fruitful dialogue, we require strong doses of simplicity, prudence and humility, the respect owed to the other person must be present, and we must know how to listen to the other with seriousness and patience.


If everyone in the world would learn to dialogue in such a way, the world would be different.


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