s the political zoo and menagerie of humanity lights their torches towards an ever increasing standard of
equality—at least a standard of equality defined by some pop and majority nomenclature—this dark contrarian backs into the shadows in mutinous
protest. Underneath a candle upon a wooden table, he scribbles.
“You so-called egalitarians, how dare you imply I am the same as another, the same as you, the same as the criminal, or priest, or judge, before I
have even had a chance to prove myself to you.”
Perhaps a overly dramatic.
Yes, yes, I know; when you say “equality”, you do not mean that we are identical in biology, experience, stamina, vocabulary, strength, location,
shoe size, skin color… well, anything really… except that we are equal in opportunity, worth, rights and value, which on the beautifully scarred
face of it, are found to be nothing more than vaguely defined notions and lofty ideas once they are seriously considered.
Allow me to do the serious considering for you. Peering deeper into these notions we find these ideals are nothing more than linguistic fictions. Let
it be known that “opportunity”, “worth”, “rights” and “value”, pertain not to any sort of reality, but to words someone once wrote
down somewhere and made into law, with the notion of suiting the status quo, the many, the mores, and those who think they are free as long as they
exist within these rules and regulations. We truly love this sort of irony.
These verbal swindles are perhaps necessary for a species that no longer considers the realities of their own languages—the rhetoric, the grammar
and the logic of it. “Better to not concern ourselves about what we are actually talking about. Better to step aside and allow an old philosopher,
or politician, or a bureaucrat decide what opportunity, worth, rights and value, really are. I will be there to fulfill it.” Hence we should all be
treated equally. But by whom? And more—by whose standard are we equal?
Yet you betray me. Biologically we are not equal. Experientially we are not equal. Linguistically we are not equal. And so on. You do not equal
me—and we should pride ourselves in our differences, which far exceed our similarities. The implications of this horrendous idea. Imagine everyone
the same. But you cry and cry “Oh equality!” I cry back in great echo, “Oh mediocrity!”
More questions hit me. Do you look up to society, or the law, or the state , or a constitution as they were gods and demand that they protect you,
give what is owed to you? Or is it that you picket or try to start a revolution because you are finally figuring out what it is your money is actually
buying? Is it in their non-existent eyes you wish to be seen as “equal”? Trust me; you are. How laws define us in their texts, as a citizen, as a
person, as a consumer, we are exactly equal. We have equal opportunity to fuel this machine by renting our bodies out to the highest bidder so we can
pop coins into slots. We can always buy our equality.
Let’s be realistic. Those who seek to put everyone on equal grounds do so in their imagination. They have chosen indiscriminate and nearly arbitrary
sets of values as their moral authority. Further, I ask you to guess which standard and criterion of equality these egalitarians have in mind when it
comes to constantly calling for it. Surely not the homeless man, or the drunk, or the impoverished, insofar as they live up to their societal
stereotypes, for that means they’d have to bring themselves down a level or two. Surely not the rich and powerful who need to be pulled from their
comfortable heights and robbed of their inequalities. Surely not to the criminal, the sadist or the nihilist, for to be equal to them is frightening.
No; this yardstick with which all equality should be measured is, of course, you guessed it, themselves. Equality in their image.
So let's be even more realistic. Every so-called social experiment that fought under the banner of equality—at least how it was defined in fits of
nationalistic and revolutionary fervor and rhetoric—and whether it involved elevating those considered unequal, or tearing down those considered
more than equal, up and down to some pre-defined common standard of what it meant to be equal, has never worked. But conversely, every manifest
destiny nonsense that has seen everyone else as not-as-equal, or lesser-than equal, or of a lower caste, needing of a right straightening by some
self-proclaimed moral authority, has led to the near-eradication of entire peoples. In both cases, it was the insatiable desire for equality itself, a
template with which one can determine what equality means in another human being according to some abstractly preconceived and non-contextual
rule-of-thumb before he has even met them, and without giving himself a chance to determine their worth with his own eyes and hands and heart, in the
context of it happening, witnessing the difference in their look, their place, their mannerisms, their otherness, whatever that may lead to, combined
with the value in both surprise and disappointment upon understanding that in fact no one is, was, nor ever can be equal—it was this tendency
towards sameness that dehumanizes human beings.
Equal rights and equal wrongs? Equal pleasure and equal suffering? Equal opportunity and equal failure? Where? Lets just say that when it comes to in
inequality, we are all equal.
Thank you for reading,
edit on 12-12-2014 by LesMisanthrope because: (no reason given)