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We've made great strides in the last couple of centuries toward moving beyond the most familiar 'isms'-racism, sexism, ageism. But rankism is at the root of all the many ways we threaten the dignity of others, and it continues to undermine the happiness and productivity of people everywhere. Robert Fuller sees overcoming rankism as the next great step in our cultural evolution, and believes we're at the threshold of making dignity for all a fundamental tenet of our personal relationships, our business ethics, even our government. He explains, "It sounds ridiculous even utopian, but we happen to live in a time when the Golden Rule is no longer optional. It's becoming mandatory. We're going to begin living up to it in the next twenty or thirty years all over the world. It's one of those things which arises everywhere simultaneously. It's in the air." With this interview you'll find hope for a world that brings dignity to people of all colors and genders and tax brackets, inspiration to help turn the tide of rankism when it colors your day, and a new sense of your own dignity, so that you walk a little taller wherever you happen to be going. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Robert Fuller, Ph.D. is a physicist and former president of Oberlin College. He has consulted with Indira Gandhi, met with Jimmy Carter regarding the President's Commission on World Hunger, and worked to defuse the Cold War in Russia when it was known as the USSR. As Fuller reflected on his career he realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into “Nobodyland” led him to identify rankism - the abuse of the power inherent in rank - and ultimately to write the book Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. He has become a recognized leader of the dignity movement to overcome rankism and keynoted a Dignity for All conference hosted by the President of Bangladesh. His many other accomplishments include co-authoring the text book Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics.
Robert Fuller’s books include:
To view a video about the work of Robert W. Fuller click here, or go to his website: www.robertworksfuller.com.
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