This is a prime example of the relative value of any observable quality or capacity in human beings, which is the explicit reason I know that each one of us is equal. To quote Albert Einstein, "Everybody is a genius - but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Saying that equality necessitates the same capacities - such as an NFL QB - ignores individuality.
No, there does not have to be extremes within an individual mindset. Perhaps you and I are exceptions to the rule - holding a different capacity for thought regarding the actual - but the human condition is going to remain the same. Whereas I may devote my life to the mastery of myself, there will always be those who will devote their lives to the mastery of others. You cannot use the capacity for confident understanding in an individual to gauge the attitudes that will be expressed by the collective. Unless the truth is recognized that there is a standard of human equality that must be respected, you will always have some who will use their capacity to instate an inherent superior placement.
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