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Posted by $ number6 5 years, 2 months ago to Philosophy
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“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”


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  • Posted by Zenphamy 5 years, 2 months ago
    We can say that all men are BORN equal with the identical individual rights. There is no equality after that as the genes begin to express and respond to the environment of the baby, almost immediately--and that's only if there are no defects in that baby. This idea that all men ARE equal is one of the most idiotic socialist concepts ever formed. It immediately leads to altruism and provides an irrefutable excuse to parents and the child to not learn and not work and removes pride in self and achievement.
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    • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 2 months ago
      Zenphamy:
      That is more profound than many a ten pointer. It clarifies a confusion, deliberate or otherwise, that haunts debates on equality down through the corridors of history.
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    • Posted by khalling 5 years, 2 months ago
      it leads to concepts such as amorphous guilt. "white privilege" and "women's rights"
      the latest face palm were the commentators on ABC urging mothers to not read to their children because it wasn't fair to the kids who's parents didn't read to them.
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      • Posted by $ Thoritsu 5 years, 2 months ago
        That really happened?
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        • Posted by khalling 5 years, 2 months ago
          yes, my darling thoritsu, it happened. I can find you the link-but it's like watching a creature feature-do you really want to?
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          • Posted by $ Thoritsu 5 years, 2 months ago
            Well, at least they are openly consistent about the intended consequences of social engineering and redistribution of wealth.

            There is an interesting question on Quora, paraphrased: "If there is alien life, why haven't they contacted us". My first response was, "They are waiting until humans won't assume they are gods". Your abc data point makes me think of an alternate answer: "They are waiting for the final consequences of human socialism, when the humans simply gaze at them doe-eyed as they descend...humans had promise as an eventual peer race at one time, but now are simply livestock"
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  • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hello number6,
    Our POTUS just recently talked about how some of us had won "Life's Lottery" and how we owed it to others to pay our fair share... Apparently to make it up to the less fortunate "Lottery" losers.

    "Observe that . . . the egalitarians’ view of man is literally the view of a children’s fairy tale—the notion that man, before birth, is some sort of indeterminate thing, an entity without identity, something like a shapeless chunk of human clay, and that fairy godmothers proceed to grant or deny him various attributes (“favors”): intelligence, talent, beauty, rich parents, etc. These attributes are handed out “arbitrarily” (this word is preposterously inapplicable to the processes of nature), it is a “lottery” among pre-embryonic non-entities, and—the supposedly adult mentalities conclude—since a winner could not possibly have “deserved” his “good fortune,” a man does not deserve or earn anything after birth, as a human being, because he acts by means of “undeserved,” “unmerited,” “unearned” attributes. Implication: to earn something means to choose and earn your personal attributes before you exist." Ayn Rand, Philosophy Who Needs it, pg. 111

    Respectfully,
    O.A.
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    • Posted by blackswan 5 years, 2 months ago
      If everything depends on a lottery BEFORE we're born, then ALL progress after we're born is a fraud. Whoever would like to prove that one is someone to be avoided, because he's saying that we have absolutely no control over the environment we live in, and that we can't change a thing about ourselves.
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      • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 5 years, 2 months ago
        Hello blackswan,
        Exactly! How many times did Edison fail before he succeeded at creating a practical light-bulb?
        "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas A. Edison
        Carpe diem,
        O.A.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 5 years, 2 months ago
    A != B
    B != A

    It's really not that hard. Only the delusional try to equate what is plainly not the same. And it applies in a LOT of areas!
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  • Posted by cjferraris 5 years, 2 months ago
    Saying that all people are created equal and expecting them to have unlimited potential is like running a race and expecting everyone to finish at the same time.
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  • Posted by $ 5 years, 2 months ago
    funny , it seems many have read this differently than I have.
    To me it says the greatest inequality is trying to make all equal. (Because we all have differing abilities or talents etc) It is against all traditional liberal beliefs and against socialism etc.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 5 years, 2 months ago
    I don't think that mankind will ever be equal it isn't in our genetic make-up. We all have different abilities unfortunately our educational system is completely out of date while the states that still have CORE don't understand this. There are alot of industries that throw out employees who develope disabilities while on the job through no fault of their own. I hope one day educators will be proven wrong through genetic science. A new system would be develope to maximize the skills of each individual child. I had to visit with my son's teachers both in elementary and high school to demand that they do more individual instruction because he had a learning disability. I railed against the system in those schools to no-avail. The attitude was that each child had to learn at the same pace. As a young man at 33 yrs old he is married and working for major insurance company.
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