Equality - We hear a lot about equality these days. That’s kind of sad, since there IS no such thing. Even the statement of old that “all men are created equal” is a lie. It’s a well-intentioned lie, but it’s still a lie. What the founding fathers, and most folks since, have been shooting for is to make all men (and women) equal in the eyes of the law. Even then, it’s only a goal, and an unachievable one at that. The poor will ALWAYS be at a disadvantage with the rich and/or powerful when they meet in court or when laws and regulations are interpreted. Even if appearance and social standing don’t influence legal decisions, a well-paid, slick-talking lawyer will nearly always win out over a less talented one used by poorer folks.
The term “equality” as used today, though, often has nothing to do with equality under the law, or even the equally unattainable goal of equal opportunity. Instead, it’s being used as a term to describe the equal OUTCOME of the efforts or NON-EFFORTS of individuals, a meaning more in keeping with “fairness” or “equity.” The problem is that what those terms mean in daily life is as relative as beauty; they’re all in the eye of the beholder. Thus the modern search for equality is nothing more than a class war. Those with less talent, less drive, less energy, less intelligence, less education or less wisdom feel that they are ENTITLED to live as well as those who HAVE one or more of those traits.
Except for some lying politicians, the only folks who are clamoring for equality are those who have less than the people over which they are obsessing. Jesus told us that the poor would be with us always, and He spoke the truth. The problem lies in so many of the poor complaining about their lot, instead of WORKING to improve it. An old saying that my Dad’s family often used was “Poor people have poor ways.” That can be interpreted two different ways, but both are true. I should know; I’m relatively poor myself these days.
The question is, what will this nation do if the world economy tanks or we get into another world war? Goodness gracious, the snowflakes will starve (and MAYBE the rest of us as well). © 2017