Despite the denial on the part of some, reality really does matter. On the surface, that may sound like a silly statement. Asked point blank, few would likely refute the idea. But, the problem is not what they say, it’s what they do. And, what that says about what one actually believes. Words may deceive, but actions betray one’s beliefs.
If your policies deny the need for, indeed the very concept of, reality then they won’t work. At least not in the long run. Sure, you may be able to fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. But, long term, reality has a way of prevailing.
This will prove true in any arena – physical, economic, you name it. For instance, we can try to ignore gravity all we want but we know the outcome if we push that test too far. Talk about coming back down to earth. Which is something we need to do in a lot of areas in today’s world.
One of those is the pursuit of equality. That’s one of those words that most of us would endorse without even stopping to think about it. Of course, equality is a good thing, something we should all support and pursue. Except, when we do stop to think about it, we realize the word can have a number of different meanings. As always, we need to be careful about assumptions. If we are going to have a productive discourse on the subject, we need to define our terms.We should absolutely insist on equality before the law...and to improve opportunities for all. However, we need to end any and all attempts at producing equal outcomes for people. That is physically impossible. It is not reality. Click To Tweet
What Do You Mean By Equality?
What does one intend when they say they want to see equality? Are they thinking of some specific application, e.g. ‘fairness” for some subgroup or genre of people (racial, sexual, etc.)? If so, do they demand the same for everyone else? If not, how is that equality?
Do they want to force this everywhere, in every situation? It’s one thing for everyone to be equal before the law, but how do we have the right to tell others how they should behave between themselves? You may think your forcing me to treat another in a way that goes against my values will result in equality. It won’t, not for them and not for me.
In the first place, no one ever explains how somehow it is okay to force a particular standard on certain people but not others. They must be allowed to get what they want but I don’t have the same right. Is that equality? The irony is, what these sorts of scenarios are supposedly about is equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity. As it turns out, they don’t even accomplish that.
We should absolutely insist on equality when it comes to how we are treated by government, before the law. We should also seek to improve opportunities for any and all to pursue their dreams. However, we need to end any and all attempts at producing equal outcomes for people. That is physically impossible. It is not reality.
There is much more we can say on this but, for now, if you are inclined to think we can and should achieve equal results for all, ask yourself how. How can that actually be done? No fantasy, just facts.