I have come to believe that there was never a more misguided sentence in American history than Jefferson's* "all men are created equal". They're not. And then, of course, what does equal mean?
Young Alex Kurtagić, one of the several Angry Young Men that I read, has taken that bull by the horns:
*He, obviously, this propertied slave-holder did not believe it was literally true. I can only assume that what he was really attacking was inherited monarchy. It has become the Fundamentalist Scripture Quote of America. People who laugh at other kinds of certitudes mouth this line as if it were as obvious --and unquestionable-- as sunrise.
And we now know, of course, that "sunrise" is actually "earth-spin". Backstory is always crucial.