Western societies adopted a belief in universal human equality only after many centuries of intellectual and cultural evolution. The West owes its egalitarian outlook to Jewish and Christian ideas about human dignity, and to Enlightenment-era thinkers who built on those ideas to make their case for limiting the use of state power to enforce particular notions of correct thinking.
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