The fallacy that is equality.

Recently there has been a lot of talk about equality and the reality is that equality is a fallacy.  That is unless people mean, “we are all equal because every person matters”, or “we are all equal because we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God” – which I doubt they do.

Look, the reality is there are some things that women can do that men cannot.  There is always someone that is more gifted then you or more discipled then you.  There will always be people who are better than others in social situations and those who are better in individual conversations.

If we lived in this idea that equality exists – nothing would get done.  Employers would be forced to hire people not because of skill, discipline, or integrity…but because everyone is the same…which taken to the logical extent means we can all do the same and accomplish the same – which is false.

The truth is when people talk about equality, what they are really speaking of is fairness.  Which is another topic for another day.

All in all, the sooner we embrace the fact that we are created differently the sooner we can come to grips with the fact that it’s OK to not be equal.  Until that time the word equality continues to be code word for fairness…and I hate to be the bearer of bad news – but sometimes life just isnt fair.

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10 thoughts on “The fallacy that is equality.

  1. Wow, Christopher. I thought you were passionately moderate. Comparing equality of value vs. equality of outcome is a decidedly conservative point of view! After all, it’s our president-elect, someone with a clear-cut liberal agenda, who desires equality of outcome with his wealth redistribution policies. And it is conservatives that state equality of outcome is inheritantly UNEQUAL.

    Like the post.

  2. Equality is not the same as sameness. Equality means that we all have equal access to opportunity despite our differences.

  3. I like Michelle’s reply. 🙂 And I’ve started reading her blog too.

    Even the notion of being “created equal” isn’t really true. That would imply there is no genetic predisposition for anything and it’s all environmental, not to mention some people are born with disabilities.

  4. I like Michelle’s reply. 🙂 And I’ve started reading her blog too.

    Even the notion of being “created equal” isn’t really true. That would imply there is no genetic predisposition for anything and it’s all environmental, not to mention some people are born with disabilities.

  5. I was somewhat disappointed that Michelle’s reply was Michelle’s. I was pretty stinkin’ impressed by Chandler for a few seconds. Ah well…I’m sure with a mom like Michelle, it won’t be long…

  6. I also was blown away by the faux-Chandler post. Anyways, along the same line as fairness, something interesting my boss said the other day is that we all have our own cross to carry, and our own sins to deal with, and that we’re not entitled to have everything we desire.

  7. Equality should be looked at from the point of that we all share the same basic needs – food, water, shelter, education. And these need to be met unconditionally for every being on the planet. It does not mean we have to be the same.

    For me this is not some ideal but something that we need to get to or we’ll all suffer from the consequences of growing inequality.

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