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On the equality of man, Thomas Hobbes wrote is his treatise Leviathan:

Nature hath made men so equal in the faculties of body and mind as that, though there be found one man sometimes manifestly stronger in body or of quicker mind than another, yet when all is reckoned together the difference between man and man is not so considerable as that one man can thereupon claim to himself any benefit to which another may not pretend as well as he.

As I walk through my vineyards I was looking at the different stages of budding of each vine type. Some are further along than others. The most pronounced difference was between Turán and Italian Riesling.

Turán leafing out.

Turán leafing out.

Italian Riesling leafing out.

Italian Riesling leafing out.

It is pretty obvious that the Turán is off to a earlier start than the Riesling. But being faster or appearing stronger does not necessarily dictate inequality. Hobbes, who was more a political and social commentator than a ecologist or oenologists, still has validity here as well. After all, the Turán is showing buds in April. A harsh late frost will pretty much kill those off, greatly placing at an end any advantage the Turán had for strong and early growth. Being slow and steady at such times would make for the advantage.

All things must be considered, as Hobbes so correctly said, when considering equality.Those that win today may not win tomorrow. Time and events do tend to balance things out; make the seemingly weak and unequal today the strong and superior tomorrow and all thus quite equal in the end.

Or to slightly change the popular phrase both in content and in meaning:

In the vineyard, there is truth.

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