… It is encouraging in your relationship to people of distinction that in them you shall love your neighbor. In relation to those inferior it is humbling that in them you are not to love the inferior but shall love your neighbor. If you do this there is salvation, for you shall do it. Your neighbor is every man, for on the basis of distinctions he is not your neighbor, nor on the basis of likeness to you as being different from other men. He is your neighbor on the basis of equality with you before God; but this equality absolutely every man has, and he has it absolutely.
How does this equality manifest in our day-to-day interactions with each other? How is this equality so easy to forget?
This absolute equality evades us—or me, I should say—sometimes because it persists despite the constant changes that I (and so also, in Kierkegaard’s terms, the other-I, the person that I recognize as other but in whom manifests only self-love) undergo constantly.
This absolute equality is, maybe, something like that constancy of change.
And it makes such weighty demands.