Toward A Dignitarian World with Robert Fuller

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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, former president of Oberlin College, and leader of the dignity movement to overcome rankism. He has consulted with Indira Gandhi, met with Jimmy Carter regarding the President’s Commission on World Hunger, worked in the USSR to defuse the Cold War, and keynoted a Dignity for All conference hosted by the President of Bangladesh. Fuller co-authored the text, Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics.

His books on dignity and rankism include:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why being disrespected is as bad for your health as smoking three packs of cigarettes a day
  • Why eliminating rankism is good for business
  • How global rankism makes our country less safe
  • Why dignity is more important than liberty or equality
  • What small, simple steps you can take to start eliminating rankism from your world today
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 8/11/2008      Program Number: 3271