In The Times’ publication of an Op-Ed article (A Plea for Caution From Russia) in the paper of Thursday 12 September, by Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, I found this thought-provoking quote at the very end of the piece:
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.
To give further context, here is the rest of his words. I like to think that our being all different but equal is a universal truth, not an intention from a god.
Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.