Dignity

Dignity comes from the Latin, dignus, which means worthy. In researching articles from the past two decades I was surprised to see the spectrum of beliefs in regards to dignity. Some articles speak of dignity as a birth right while others claim that dignity is a useless concept. [1][2][3]

Modern neuroscience has shown that a perceived violation of our dignity stimulates the same part of the brain as a physical wound.[4] Violations of dignity can lead to arguments, violence, and even wars. The American Revolution was a product of twenty-seven grievances towards the British that included neglect, oppression, and harassment. This emotional and physical injury led to the American Revolutionary War from 1775-1783. Still today injustices in neglect, oppression, and harassment cause great injury to dignity and continued conflict in the world. These injustices are both intentional and unintentional. These injustices are both real and perceived. We are hardwired to hurt each other. This pain...

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