equality is a false God

What Do People Mean When They Say- Equality is a False God?

Equality means providing everyone a fair shot at living the good life, yet it is crucial to distinguish between equality and equity.

Egalitarians who conflate distributive justice and equality are violating core moral ideals, for instance luck-egalitarians believe it to be morally unacceptable for people to experience involuntary disadvantages through no fault of their own.

1. Equality is a lie

The belief that all humans are fundamentally equal is a misconception. People differ in terms of age, gender, ability, wealth and other factors which have profound consequences in their lives - hence why there are various genders, races and cultures. Humans naturally gravitate towards power structures but this tendency can have terrible results like wars and revolutions - the quest for equality being one powerful source.

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The Bible makes it abundantly clear that men and women were created unequal. While Christians may believe all people to be brothers, there is no Biblical doctrine of equality among them. Indeed, Jesus and Paul did not spend much time advocating for equality - they focused more on spreading the gospel.

Equality can also be dangerously misleading as it breeds covetousness. When everyone wants everything the same way, it becomes difficult to meet high expectations or achieve greatness; thus, some will always remain poorer than others regardless of how hard they work.

The notion that some people should have the right to equality stems from an assumption that inequality is inherently harmful, whether due to race or social class. Unfortunately, this approach to reality lacks empirical support and has led to some of the greatest injustices of modern history.

2. Equality is a social construct

One key premise in political ethics is that what matters most in matters of personal ethics is satisfying personal preferences, leading to the belief that people are morally equal when they enjoy similar levels of subjective welfare. Yet if one conflates welfare with resources, equality becomes incompatible with our moral intuitions as it grants people with refined tastes more resources thereby violating their dignity (the expensive taste argument). If such concerns can be alleviated through considering what makes people human then equal opportunity becomes compatible with our moral intuitions.

Yet the formal postulate that all persons should enjoy equal opportunities remains vague until it can be refined - in other words, until it is known what kind of equalization is desired and how it should be measured. Many egalitarians recognize other values beyond equality besides equality; so-called luck-egalitarians believe success shouldn't depend on luck alone but should instead reflect free accomplishment and responsibility rather than depend on random chance alone.

Others argue against equality on the basis that it is an artificial construct, with first-level egalitarians failing to distinguish between comparative and non-comparative justice, while others state that in many principles of justice - at least those particularly essential ones - using equality terminology is unnecessary.

3. Equality is a lie of the left

"Equality" has come to be associated with left-wing politics and progressive ideologies, leading many to assume that those identifying as liberals or progressives give greater priority to equality, fairness and social justice than those who identify as conservatives or traditionalists. Unfortunately, this perception can be both false and dangerous.

What this fails to recognise, however, is that value is determined by an individual's function within their specific environment, condition or state of being. A dog bred for hunting ferrets out of warrens does not represent equal value compared with one bred to run down prey at 45 MPH; similarly a woman who solely raises children may not represent equal value with an engineer capable of designing and building high-rises.

Many who claim to be egalitarians actually advocate a different form of justice. Instead of advocating equality, they promote comparative principles of fairness as an approach to fairness.

Few people want deep equality; instead, most prefer fantasies of empowerment and escape found in romantic culture, or they desire increased consumption, excitement or capability in their lives. If these fantasies can't be realized then deep equality can seem intolerable.

4. Equality is a lie of the right

One pillar of progressive activism is an ideology based on substantive moral equality, an idea inspired by classical justice theory which holds that each person should receive enough for survival. While originally meant as a reaction against Plato and Aristotle's concept of natural inequality, its implications have become far-reaching: for example, trans bathroom rights advocates use it to justify their fight for equal treatment despite many normal peoples' respect, modesty, privacy and safety being undermined as a result.

Egalitarianism is an inherently flawed ideology because it presumes all humans are equal and may lead to dangerous and deceiving results. Thankfully, most egalitarians today recognize other values beyond equality - for instance some egalitarians are called "luck-egalitarians," who believe it morally unacceptable for some to suffer more due to no fault of their own (Lippert-Rasmussen 2015).

Egality has never meant making everybody alike; rather, it means clearing away obstacles so that everyone can reach the same place. This requires providing each person with support they require to reach equal outcomes - for blind individuals this might mean providing screen readers on computers or making sure buildings offer accessible entrances; in contrast for people from minority backgrounds this might involve offering affirming messages in youth spaces to ensure they feel welcome and included.

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