I have expressed my strong interest in the mass of the people; and this is founded, not on their usefulness to the community, so much as on what they are in themselves…. Indeed every man (sic), in every condition, is great. It is only our own diseased sight which makes him little. A man is great as a man, be he where or what he may. The grandeur of his nature turns to insignificance all outward distinctions.
(William Ellery Channing)
I recently had a conversation with some friends about the origin of life and the significance of man. The quote above states my view with clarity and supports my belief that we should take pride in the beauty of our human form, our lives, and the world in which we live.