We are all pretty equal in this life. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Our bodies and the way we feel about ourselves and other people is often dependent on our circumstances—our job, our age, our race, or even our gender. This is no longer true, however. We no longer have to share the same standard of excellence. We are all very different and, for better or for worse, we all have the potential to be more than we realize.
Horizontal equality and vertical inequality often go hand in hand, but there are people that think of equality as something that’s “equal” but “not equal.” For example, I’m sure some people think that they would be more equal to a woman than a man, but they wouldn’t be equal to a woman. It’s not because they think they are the same. It’s because they think they are better than the other.
In horizontal equality, we take one thing and we compare it to another. We compare one thing to another thing. For example, we compare a table to some other table, and we compare a book to some other book, and we compare a chair to another chair.
In the old days, a simple table was just a table. A book was just a book. A chair was just a chair. In the new days, we have to also measure things by their height. So for example, we may put a chair on a table, and we may put a chair on a bigger table. It’s not the same as saying a person is taller than a table, it’s just height.
The only thing to remember is to look up. Our primary goal in Deathloop is to take out eight Visionaries, intelligent party-lovers who have been locked into one repeating day so that they can piss about for eternity. It’s implied that Colt was trying to murder them all.
There are two things we have to remember when measuring height. First is the fact that you have to put your head up. When you look up, your eyes are focused forward. Second, when you look up you measure up height. So if you put your hand up the top of your head, you measure up height by putting your hand straight up. If your hand is bent at a 90-degree angle, you cannot measure your height by that measurement. You have to measure by eye level.
There are three things we should remember when measuring height. First is the fact that you have to put your head up. When you look up, your eyes are focused forward. Second, when you look up you measure up height by putting your hand up the top of your head. Third, when you look up you measure up height by putting your hand straight up.
Our goal is to put our hand straight up. If we put our hand straight up, then our hand has to be right above our eye level. On Deathloop, we use the second rule. When we measure, our eyes are focused forward. Our hand is placed straight up, and we are measuring up height by eye level. This is the “horizontal equality” rule.
When we look up we cannot see our hand. This is because our hand can’t be seen by our eyes. We are measuring up height by eye level, but by placing our hand straight up we are measuring up height by hand level.
In this case, the vertical equality rule is not really an equality. It is a “rule of thumb,” and it is a very specific rule. For example, it is not a rule that we are always the same height. It is that when we look up, we cannot see our hand. It is that since we are measuring up by eye level rather than by hand level, we are not the same height as our hand.