insight SECONDSIGHT 30 - 26 Jul 2012
Freedom, Equality and what was that again?
By Ruben van Zwieten
There are three ideals that the French Revolution taught us. It is a known chorus: freedom, equality and fraternity. In recent years we have regularly talked about freedom and equality. About the freedom to express our own opinions, about the freedom to go where you want, about the freedom to decide over your own body and life. Perhaps to a lesser extent, the ideal of equality, has fit many times as well. Equal rights, equal oppor tunities and equal treatment. But now we want to focus on that third ideal: the fraternité, brotherhood. Brotherhood these days sounds like a concept from the Stone Age. Can we still pronounce the word? Brotherhood, what does it actually mean? And is the term not too masculine? But sisterhood is not the adequate alternative for the term……