Contrary to popular opinion, we are not an equal society. Nor should we want to be. Every individual is born with different capabilities, different interests, and comes into the world on different missions. What we are, or at least what are supposed to be, is a society with equal opportunity to pursue our own, individual True Divine Purpose in life. This is succinctly stated in the US Declaration of Independence as
“…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (emphasis added)
Many elements in modern culture would have you think that we are, and should be, a society of equals. The best evaluation of what a society of forced equality would look like was written by famed writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. His short story Harrison Bergeron is an expose of what our world would look like under such artificially imposed equality.
If you haven’t read it before, time to read it. If you have, and its been so long you don’t remember the plot, time for a reread.
In short, people are forced to become equal. If you are stronger and more athletically proficient – you are required to wear weights all the time. If you are more attractive, you are forced to wear a mask. If you are too smart, you are forced to have an electroshock device implanted in your brain, to shock you at random times or if you think too much (a whole new take on Lisa Simpson’s “Independent Thought Alarm"). This model, of course, pulls everyone in society down to the lowest common denominator, and eliminates the high end of the bell curve on every measure, effectively stopping all human growth.
We should celebrate equal opportunity. We should cheer each other’s successes, and offer assistance for each other’s setbacks. We should despise the notion of Harrison Bergeron-like equality. Our world is currently undergoing a metamorphosis of tremendous proportions. Be ever vigilant to ensure equal opportunity to thrive.