What is the meaning? There is one institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal on an Einstein…That institution is…the court?

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The phrase:

But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal -- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.

can be found in Atticus's speech from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

This phrase entails many tenets on which it is based. First, it proposes that justice is blind to the poor or the rich, or to color or creed. Justice is only partial to the just man, regardless of who he is. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and injustice may also reign supreme in a court of law. This is why Atticus says this phrase: Because a verdict, whether fair or unfair, can make or break any individual.

It also means that when consequences are to be put in place, there will not be exceptions for anybody. If an individual perpetrates against the rights of others, his or her own rights should be removed. Hence, no matter how good, rich, or special an individual might recommend himself to be, when the hour of truth comes, we are all the same.

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