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I Hate the Idea of Being Equal!

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    I Hate the Idea of Being Equal!

    I wrote this article last month and thought I'd share it with the Forum... Just some thoughts on success and equality...


    I’m beginning to understand how out of step I am with the world these days. I’ve always spoken my mind. But, the PC (Politically Correct) crowd seem to have taken over the world around me. I’ve never been a “joiner” — even in my school days. My individualism and independent thinking have always been my hallmark. Now I have young people, a fraction of my age, telling me what I should say, and what subjects on which I must stay mum. Worse, these PC people are taking their caveats further. They are trying to tell me that my thinking is wrong. They have newer and better truths. They are creating a brave, new world. In their future utopia, everyone is going to be accepted for who they are. This acceptance does not endorse individuality. Instead, by correcting each person’s thinking, both social status and financial circumstances can be equalized. Uh????

    When I hear this line of thinking, I must stop for a minute, and smile. I then get to ask them that age-old question, “Why?”

    Why would anyone aspire to be equal? Would that equality rate them as being inescapably average? It’s like getting all Cs on one’s report card. Why would they accept being frozen in that quagmire of mediocrity? Don’t they want to change? They might want to strive to grow into being a better person.

    Do these PC people like everyone in their world? Don’t they want to maintain the right to choose their friends and associates? Or, is their plan to just change the thinking of rouge people like me?

    Drum roll, please. Here’s my huge question on the issue. If everyone is totally equal, then must they be cut with the same cookie cutter? Right? I imagine a scene where a bunch of clones, dressed in their uniforms, are all lined up. Wouldn’t that be boring? It’s like falling into a vat of vanilla ice cream. So much for diversity!

    And, since you’re listening, here is my thought on equality. I believe that all humans are equal in one way. They each are given 24 hours a day. In every other way, we humans are remarkably unequal.

    Every person must uncover his unique, tailor-made talents. Some of us are totally smart. Others are as dumb as a rock. Some people can run fast, while others can’t walk. There are those who have common sense and street smarts. And where were some of us hiding when the gift of common sense was handed out?

    Humans are like Swiss cheese. They perfect one aspect of life, without addressing the many holes in their skill sets and knowledge. Once upon a time, when I was young, I was a trophy wife. It was a classic situation where a powerful man married a much younger woman to show off his esteemed position. My husband was a recognized genius in his profession. But he couldn’t deal with many other basic issues. I had to supervise him as he dressed, tied his shoes, and left for work. On his own, he arrived perpetually late, attired in yesterday’s dirty shirt. He was a member of the “mixed-up-shoe-gang” before it was trendy to wear unmatched shoes and socks. This accomplished man was a perfect example of our human struggles in our inherent dichotomy of equity.

    Overwhelmingly, being equal is only an illusion.

    That said, regardless of our endless differences, I admit to the one stellar point of human equality. We do all have those precious 24 hours each day. See, I can find a small spark of agreement with the PC crowd. Amazing.
     
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    I've noticed this trend too, it's scary. I think one of the root causes is that when people have a strong conviction about something (whether or not they're right), they will refuse to examine alternatives. And in today's world people with strong convictions are the most highly rewarded. I think the proliferation of social media is one of the main culprits, as well as the reflexive backlash of the current administration.
     
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    I don't believe you will ever find the world in 100 percent balance. You can already see this through the centuries. You will have the imbalance. I believe it's human nature. I believe there are peaceful countries and cultures that set the mark for a better future by their example, but it's usually the smaller cultures which usually set the mark. Even Japan and the Asian Cultures worked together if I remember right to save certain islands. It's been a few years since my International relations course and WWII era, but frankly, when the smaller cultures have to survive compared to the bigger one's they learn how to communicate, be diplomatic, and problem solve, and thrive. That's not saying there isn't third world cultures, but perhaps why your materialism, property, and food are more expensive in some cultures as well.
     
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    OMG, you just voiced an opinion that is contrary to mainstream opinion. The thought police won't be happy with you...

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    The thing about the PC crowd these days is they do not want equality - but special privileges (for certain groups). And, the whole "equality thinking" as opposed to the individual, is just to make everyone very easy to brainwash and control. This is the mechanism dictators, governments, and cult leaders - to name a few - have used to control the masses since the beginning of time. The equal thinking and group mentality destroys the individuals' identity and takes their power away.
     
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    Reminded me of the book - Brave New World :)
     
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    My compliments on this @WJK

    Great post.

    "Nothing is so unequal as the equal treatment of unequal people."
    -Thomas Jefferson

    “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
    -Aristotle
     
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    I wonder if it has to do with the economic situation:

    - rising cost of living
    - falling affordability of houses
    - high cost of higher education
    - medical care costs
    - global financial uncertainty
    - housing/rent cost
    - uncertainty of the political climate

    And in about a decade, throw in AI where enough jobs will be automated to magnify the existing issues and cause widespread panic. The politics will start shifting towards socialism (or fascism) way before the giant wave comes crushing down. Conformity will be at the forefront, and old conservative ways of doing things will start to be broken down. Perhaps we are already starting to the seeds of discontent?

    PS: I think everything moves in cycles, and after a massive upheaval, there will be rapid growth and flourishing and social tension will go away for a bit. Then it all repeats. Think WW1, WW2.

    PSS: Maybe neo liberalism is the new nationalism. You need people to unite under something in order to sway the masses into some form of future action.. and nowadays younger people believe in different things than before, but it is all the same, just different tools.
     
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    I find this interesting.

    Whats the age gap between you and your husband?

    Do you find other social resistance marrying a man older than you? What do your parents think?

    I was reading from a source that most American women do not normally date men 5 years or older than them. Which country are you from?

    I am asking this because when I strike gold, I am planning to marry someone younger too.
     
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    My ex-husband lied about his age by ten years. I didn't know until I needed his driver's license to open a bank account. He was older than my father.
    My parents were working in a remote area and weren't around to give much feedback.
    Now I'm married to a man who is younger than me by about four years. I got a "young one" this time, and it's a very happy marriage.
    Young women are very expensive and hard to keep around. Good luck! Most of those unions last five years or less at the most.
     
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    Wow that was a generation.

    By younger i mean an age gap of 8-15 years. Most conventional pairs have age gaps 5 years or less.

    I am over 30, so even if i strike gold in a few years times, a younger just out of college girl will be at least 8 years younger than me.
     
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    I thank God none of us is equal and routinely get in trouble with the PC crowd and HR. All this equality crap is sickening. We should embrace our differences and use those wider range of strengths to raise us even further. No wonder Atlas Shrugged.
     
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    Great post. It's something that has been on my mind for a long time.

    An excellent book on the subject is "Equal Is Unfair" by Don Watkins.

    One thing they touch on in the book is that the only equality that should exist is Political Equality. What they mean by this is that the laws of the country should apply to everyone equally. There shouldn't be special laws or exemptions for certain groups of people. Everyone must abide by the exact same laws.
    From there everything else in life is un-equal. And that's fair.

    I tend to agree with this view.

    What are your thoughts?
     
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    I was amazed too, when I found out he was that old. It was a long time ago. I was a tall, thin blond woman in my late 20's when we married. I had a successful real estate career. He started traveling in Asia for a major corporation. One day he came home and told me that I wasn't good enough because I wasn't Asian. I countered that he wasn't Asian either, so what did that make him?
    Anyway, I don't regret the marriage. I learned a lot about how to move around corporate culture and his business life. (Conversely, he learned nothing about mine.) I also learned that I don't want to be "arm-candy" for anyone. A trophy wife is usually young, beautiful, and successful in her own right -- Not just out of college...
     
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    I agree that laws should be equal. I went to law school around the time I turned 40. It was a real downer for me. It was all about applying rules. The rules were different in different jurisdictions, which resulted in conflicting results. It has nothing to do with equity or justice.
     
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    It remains vague until someone can put the “equality” issue in context.

    I believe that a country should charge no capital gain tax. Income tax should be no more than 20 percent.

    There should be no inheritance tax.

    I do see the merit in some form of universal health insurance.
     
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    Not sure what you're complaining about to be honest.

    People have a sense of what is just and un-just, and most people want the world to be "just" or "equal".

    If you were walking down the street with a friend, you were both doing nothing wrong and for some reason police picked on you and started harassing you while your friend got no hassle what so ever, then why wouldn't you have a problem with being pick'd on and treated unfairly ?

    If the society is set up so that 1% of the population own more than the other 99% combined, people will think that's not just/fair and will prefer the wealth was more equally distributed.

    Let's say you were a child and you had a sibling. If your mother decided to share a cake she bought from the store in such a way that you got 10% of it, while your sibling (let's say your twin) got 90% of it, would you think that was fair? Would you really not have a problem with the inequality shown by your parent?

    Couple of example:

     
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    Sorry everyone - mistaken reply
     
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    I think it's a substitute for religions and rights of passage. It's a benign something to unite under. But, there's a problem with this. Young people must rebel. If everyone is in lockstep, then they must find something new and contrary. This PC stuff is going too mainstream to survive for long.
     
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    I believe this belief system of equality stems from those that believe (and were raised) that participation trophies are the only acceptable way of playing the game (of life).

    "There isn't one winner. We are all winners" mentality

    But aren't we equally all losers?
     
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    Haven't you ever heard of the 80/20 principle? Even if you divide everything up equally, the 20% will have their 80% in no time flat. And 20% of that 20 % will have their 80% of that original 80%.
    Socialist think that they can divide up the wealth and make everyone better -- while it really makes everyone poorer. That's why we're all here in this Forum -- we're all looking for our 80% a couple of levels up the food chain.
    And I'm not going to make any bones about it. I have done better than a bunch of people around me. Do I feel sorry for the "have-nots?" They weren't there working next to me all those 60 and 70 hour weeks, year after year. They weren't sitting next to me while took all those classes and got that education, which allowed me to work smarter.
     
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    In the real world there is a difference in the amount of tenacity, leadership, skills, wisdom and work ethic associated with that discrepancy.

    Socialists love to make people think it’s this simple. Case in point... I would expect anyone who believes such a simpleton metaphor to be part of the “99 percent.” For crying out loud. Your example blows.
     
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    You might want to listen to Jordan Peterson. He has a lot to say on this subject.

    Insert: lobster
     
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    mmm kay.
     

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