The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” - Michelangelo
Read that quote one more time. Let it sink, don't simply glance over it. Roll it around in your mind and analyze it. Are you someone who aims too low? I know I have been. I still am in certain areas of my life. Why? Why do we do this to ourselves? Don't we know that we've only got one life to live and that each day we waste is a day we can never get back? We know this. But we don't think about it. You know it. But you ignore this fact and opt instead for low expectations.
Why do you have such low expectations? I have a theory. I want to share it with you and then I want you to decide how much it rings true or not in your own life. I believe you set such low expectations for yourself because you focus too much on your feelings instead of outcomes.
It is my belief (especially among young people today) that they are entirely too preoccupied with how they feel instead of focusing on outcomes. What do I mean by outcomes? Let's say you want to become a great chef. An outcomes person will then immediately start listing and thinking about all the things they must DO in order to be a great chef. The feelings person will instead just savor the thoughts and how it would feel to be a great chef. But they will take little if any action. In short, an outcomes person takes appropriate action to achieve a desired result, a feelings person will largely spend most of their time dreaming and thinking about how awesome it would be to achieve that result.
Focusing on our feelings is easier because it is 100% subjective. No one can tell us we are not feeling the way we are. Their reality manifests itself to us and it doesn't matter if anyone else can see them or not. Outcomes are entirely different. If I set a goal to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month and I don't, that is objective. It is measurable. No amount of cognitive dissonance will save me when I step on that scale at the end of the month and see that is has not gone down. But if I just want to FEEL like I've lost 10 pounds at the end of the month, I can insure my success whether I lose 10 pounds or not. You can't argue with someone's feelings.
I look around today and I see many people who have this worldview that feelings are more important than outcomes. They are the kind of people who expect the world to change around them so that their feelings aren't hurt. They take very little responsibility (if any) in toughening their own skin, getting a backbone or simply letting bygones be bygones. Outcomes based people take responsibility because who else is to blame if you didn't lose those 10 pounds? Is society to blame? Is McDonald's to blame? A feelings person may think so. They may look outside themselves for the answer when the answer lies within.
Let me use another example. My life and background is in personal protection; saving and preserving lives. Let's take an elite military operator like a Navy SEAL. If you are a SEAL, you cannot say you "did a good job" if your carelessness caused 4 members of your team to die. The outcome of your teammate's deaths is inescapable and unavoidable. SEAL's must live in the world of outcomes and results because if they don't, someone dies. Strategy, training, tactics, gear, first aid, etc. all are paramount for them and they all must be competent enough to execute under extreme pressure. The consequences are dire if they don't.
Contrast this with someone who lives in the world of feelings. They need not care if they lose those 10 pounds or not because there are no real consequences (at least not acutely) to be felt if they don't.
I think that a huge reason you set such low expectations for yourself is because you live in the world of feelings. Said another way, because you focus so much on how you feel rather than what you achieve, you set your expectations very low. It is easier to hit an undefined, subjective target than a defined, objective target.
Suppose you had to take a marksmanship test in a military sniper course. Imagine if instead of there being clearly marked targets for you to fire at, the drill instructor just pointed to an open field and said "Open fire". You look back at him, puzzled. "Open fire at what?" You ask. "Just anywhere." The instructor says. See the absurdity? How on earth would they know how well your marksmanship was? They couldn't. Now imagine further that you just fire into the empty field and the drill instructor passes you ... how confident would you feel going into combat? This is what it feels like when you pass a feelings person in any area of life without them having to prove themselves. You know they can't do the job and they know it. But we pass them anyway out of fear of hurting their feelings. This can only happen in areas where the consequences are extremely low. If this happened in elite military branches, the safety of the entire team would be jeopardized all for the sake of not offending someone or hurting their feelings.
What this does to the feelings person is even worse. They feel terrible because they know they can't perform the job and they are extremely insecure about that. Having received a grade of "pass" they will be very protective of it lest someone ask them to demonstrate something they can't execute. It's a horrible position to be in for both parties.
If you want to stand out in the crowd of today, set objective, measurable goals and then achieve them. This automatically separates you from the majority and places you in the minority. Raise your standards, objectify your goals and start to live in the world of outcomes.
If you want to be a good this or that, find out what you must do and then do it. Talk to people who have and are currently doing that thing and copy them. Innovate by adding your own personality to it and daring to be unique. Do not settle for the life of feelings and low expectations.
Warriors are outcomes based individuals because at the end of the battle only one things matters: did you survive? Did your teammates survive? Did your family survive? No amount of feelings can change reality if you die or your family dies. If you are someone who focuses too much on feelings, go get a sheet of paper and a pen and write down some objective, measurable goals right now. Tell other people about them so you can be held accountable. Dare to fail objectively. It's ok. Just keep going.
"When life knocks you down 7 times, get up 8." - Japanese proverb
Everything in life you desire, be it something material or immaterial will take an outcomes based approach to getting it. Decide what you want, and then figure out what you must DO to achieve it. Who must you become to achieve it? What people do you need to know in order to achieve it? Do this and watch your life transform.
I am officially announcing that I am working on a 2nd book. I am interviewing top experts, soldiers, warriors and protectors to gather the information and it has been a humbling experience. I have talked to industry legends like Lt. Col. (RET) Dave Grossman, Michael Dorn, and Dr. Alexis Artwohl among others. I have also talked to people you have never heard of who have lived their lives as protectors and some who have seen things that you and I can only imagine. I have talked to people who I am not even permitted to name or share what branch they serve in due to maintaining anonymity. All I can say is, get ready for an amazing book.
Also, a sincere warrior thank you to all those who have participated in this project so far. I am truly honored and humbled by your participation and willingness to help a fellow protector in his endeavor. This project is only possible due to the kindness of the men and women I have interviewed. Arigatou gozaimasu!
I have been making my upgrades and deciding how to proceed in the last few months and I will be blogging at minimum once a month now. This blog will be emailed to anyone who wants to be a part of my e-list. I already have 391 names of people who are interested in getting a monthly insight into personal protection and how to live like a warrior.
I am also in the process of upgrading my YouTube channel and have been brainstorming ideas as to what videos to post on it. They will be coming soon.
Saiteki is the Japanese word for "Optimize". As a warrior, this is what I have been doing these last 6 months and is what all warriors strive to do in every aspect of their lives. As my teacher, John Viol says, "There are many ways to do any particular thing, but only one optimal way to do anything." I believe this and do my best to live according to this principle. Saiteki. Optimize. Optimze all things, not just your martial or warrior aspects of life. Upgrade everything constantly. Keep improving, etc.
I am beyond excited for all the cool things coming down the pipe-line here and I cannot wait for you to see them.
As I sit and type this on my 25th birthday, I reflect on what that means in regards to my warrior life. 25 years of life equates to 20 years of consistent martial training. I have had the great privilege of training with some highly skilled warriors from all different realms as civilians and members of the military and other government agencies. I reflect on how all my training has brought me to this moment.
I have received extremely positive feedback in regards to these blogs and I want to say thank you to everyone who has read them. I also want to thank everyone who played a role in helping me construct this website. Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank all my fellow warriors. To all the people I have trained with over the past 20 years, Thank You. You have all played some role in shaping me into who I am today and I am forever grateful.
20 years is a long time to do anything but I am extremely excited. For me, I feel as though I am a beginner. My training has really just begun. I have so much more to do, so many more people to instruct and to help. The opportunities that lie before me are endless and it is truly incredible to ponder.
My thoughts today are on how I am still here. Some have asked "How are you still doing the same thing? Most people outgrow that stuff." I am not most people. I am striving after depth in one subject rather than to become a jack of all trades. For me, the ocean of martial training is endless. I have barely even begun to explore it but the little I have explored has been amazing to discover. Each time I learn something new I feel like a kid in a candy store.
The training will never end and I will never stop instructing. It is in my blood. I am literally wired to do it. And it feels awesome. Sharing my knowledge and skills with a brand new client who has trained before is most rewarding. Seeing their brain working and their mindset shifting from fear to "I can do this." That excites me. Knowing that this person has taken one more step in the direction of self-determination and away from the victim mentality that plagues this nation. That excites me.
My birthday reflections lead me to feel how fortunate I have been in my training. I have access to the greatest instructors and teachers on the planet and that is largely thanks to one key mentor who placed me in contact with them. I also contemplate how I have gotten out of my training what I have put into it. Much of what I know and have done, I know and have done because I kept looking for more. I did not become sated. I have a perpetual hunger for more. This is good and means I shall never grow weary of training.
On this, my 25th birthday, I put a question to all of you: Are you sated? Are you already full from life or are you hungry? The good thing is, being hungry is a choice. I choose to be hungry. I hunger for more training. I hunger to improve my relationships, I hunger to grow my business, I hunger to love my family and friends better. Are you hungry? The great motivational speaker Les Brown would always say to his audiences "You gotta be HUNGRY!" and he is so right.
To paraphrase the most interesting man in the world, "stay hungry my friends."
Live in the battleground.
The Warrior Speaker
Have you ever tried to see out of a dirty window? I have. Let me tell you something, it's hard to see clearly. Images are obscured and piece meal. Clarity is impossible and you are constantly moving your head from side to side in order to gain a better viewpoint. There is a better way to see though. Clean the window. Instead of bobbing around like a bobble-head, just clean the window.
I am writing this because I've been looking out of a dirty window for the past few weeks without even realizing it. Have you ever had a window that has been mud-encrusted for so long that you just learned how to see through it? You just got used to the mud and grime and now it doesn't bother you anymore. That was me. And I want to emphasize WAS. No more.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to admit that your window is dirty. "Maybe it is dirty, but it's my mud and I like it!" I've been there. Very recently. The mud on my window was pointed out to me and I stubbornly said "So what? I like that mud! It's part of who I am!" What lies. It is no more a part of me than real mud is a part of a real glass window. The people who made that window didn't mix the glass with mud. We splashed the mud on it. Or we allowed others to splash some mud on our window and then we never cleaned it. Maybe you said "Eh, I'll clean it later." and then never got around to it. Maybe you covered the entire window with mud to shut yourself in. I know I've done that. Many times. To punish the world, I have shut myself up and covered my window with mud. "The world will be sorry!". Guess what? The world wasn't sorry. All I accomplished by covering my own window was to prevent any light from being able to come in. Sure, I was safe in my mud-covered home, but no goodness could enter either. That's not living.
Let me share a personal story with you and you can decide if this speaks to you or not: Have you ever had mud on your window so long that you forgot it was even there? I did. My friends and family kept trying to tell me "Hey, Alex, you're window's dirty. When are you gonna clean it?" "It's not dirty!" I would retort. And the saddest part ... I believed myself. I honestly believed there was no mud on it. But the funny thing about reality is that it doesn't care about your opinion or the lies you've told yourself. The reality was that my window was dirty and no amount of my denial could change that. Cleaning the window could change it though. But I wasn't ready yet. I was still consumed in denial and far too stubborn to admit that my window needed cleaning. The mud altered how I viewed the world. The world looked dirty. Now don't get me wrong, there is a lot of mud in the world. Lots of bad things and bad people. That is reality. However, that was no excuse for me to let my window get dirty. No matter how the rest of the world was, I have a responsibility to keep my own window clean.
I think one of the reasons I left the mud on so long was that I grew wearing of cleaning it. No sooner would I clean it then it would get dirty again. Something would come along and splatter some mud on it. Well, in my frustration, I just stopped cleaning it. I got lazy. "I'll get it tomorrow," became my motto. I was being a grasshopper instead of being an ant (if you remember the classic Aesop's Fable). Soon, I became far more pessimistic than I ever used to be and I couldn't figure out why (hint: the mud on my window had a little something to do with it).
Can you relate to this? Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? It's okay. It's happened to the best of us. Resolve now to start cleaning your window. Maybe there is so much mud that the task seems too large to even begin. Don't believe that lie. Just wipe up a small section. Give yourself a tiny, little clear hole to view from. Soon you will crave the light and begin to feverishly clean up the rest of the window. At first the light will be bright, sharp and even painful. But once your eyes adjust, they will relish the light. You will see the same things you've seen a hundred times but feel as though you were seeing them for the first time. It will compel you to keep cleaning until your window is spotless.
Friends, have you ever tried to see through a dirty window? How clearly did you see? How excited were you about life? I know that when my window is dirty, I feel sad, lethargic, heavy and weary. But when the window is clean and the light blasts in, I feel happy, excited, vibrant, and passionate. All it takes is a little work to keep mud off the window.
That is all for now. There are still some smudges I must clean up in the corners.
Teachers would be better teachers if they acted like salespeople instead of as teachers.
What? Yes. I recall college classes where the professor came to class unprepared, and sometimes even uncaring as to whether or not we, the students, learned anything. They simply read text off a PowerPoint that we easily could have read in our pajamas on our laptop from home and then left. They didn't care. As a result, guess how much the students cared?
Teachers would be more effective if they studied great salespeople and treated each class as a pitch to prospective customers and clients. Each kid in that classroom is potentially a (fill-in-the-blank of teacher's profession here) and if they acted like that, prepared their classes like that, and thought of themselves as recruiters for their profession, the classes would be much more engaging, exciting and most importantly, the students would learn more as a result.
You see, salespeople live and die by whether or not they make a sale. No sales = death. Professors (especially tenured ones) can get apathetic in their approach because their success is no longer based on results. I am not saying do away with tenure. Not at all. However, I am saying to do away with the MINDSET that tenure can bring: apathy, laziness and a lack of caring.
Now, if this idea works for professors, it works for anyone who isn't currently a salesperson. Pretend that your very life depends on whether or not you "make a sale". The hard truth is, we are all in sales. You had to sell yourself to the person who agreed to date you and/or marry you. You had to sell yourself to the company you work for and you will have to sell yourself again should you leave the company or get fired.
The hard truth is, everyone IS their own business. You are the CEO, Founder, Owner and President of You, Inc. Act like your very existence depends on whether or not you "make a sale" because it does.
You'll perform better as a professor, or a computer analyst, or as an Human Resources Manager if you act like your life depends on "sales." And to top it off, your people, your students, your employees, etc. will benefit from your attitude shift because you will treat them differently under this new attitude. You will be looking out for their interests more because your livelihood depends on looking out for them.
So whether you are a professor, a technician or even a construction worker, start acting like your job and life is dependent on making sales. What does this mean? You must sell people on who you are, why you do what you do, and why others should aspire to do and be what you are. This will automatically make you a more attractive person to hire, promote, or to become friends with. Do it and watch your life change.
Inequality is fair. It can't be any other way. Inequality is what allows us to strive for greatness and personal excellence. Inequality is one of the greatest blessings in this Country; a blessing that many are trying desperately to do away with. Why? There is an underlying sickness that is pervading this nation and it is having devastating consequences. If equality defeats inequality, personal excellence and freedom will be defeated with it.
Why is inequality fair? Inequality is what allows us to attempt to rise above the lowest common denominator. Inequality is what makes LeBron James stand out from the rest of the NBA. Inequality is what makes us different.
Many people claim they want equality but most of them haven't stopped to think about what this actually means. True equality means that I cannot excel over you in any area whatsoever. If I do, we are unequal and this, the equalists claim, isn't fair. As I discussed in my previous blog, equality is actually unfair. It is inequality that is fair. By allowing people to be unequal, we are allowing people to express their unique talents and attributes that make them stand out from the crowd.
True equality would mean the cessation of free choice. This means you wouldn't even have the freedom to choose whether you wanted to buy Apple or Microsoft. Some might choose Apple and some might choose Microsoft which would make those two groups unequal. Is this what you want? Do you want to be told where and what to buy and how to dress and what to say? Do you want to be told what occupation you must have or do you want the choice to pursue your passion? Inequality affords you this choice. Equality makes you a slave. A slave of whom? Typically a government.
North Korea is a great example of what an equal society looks like. Everyone is equal except for, you guessed it, the government officials and leaders. They have power and the people don't. This dynamic is impossible to overcome. No matter how equal you try to make things, there will have to be a somebody doing the equalizing. This is typically a government. If one group is doing the equalizing and the other group is being equalized then there is one major difference: One group possesses the power to equalize and the other does not. Thereby making them unequal.
The sad truth for equalists is that their vision is unreachable. The world inhabitants will never be equal because in order to become equal someone or some group must enforce the rules of equality. Once you have a group that is the enforcer and the other group that is the enforced, you set up a duality that is impossible to avoid. This is why inequality is the better philosophy. Because it is the only philosophy. Equality is a myth. It is a Utopian vision that is pragmatically impossible to achieve.
Inequality is fair because it gives everyone the option of rising above their circumstances. Obviously, some situations are more dire than others. I am not saying we should not help people who need help. We should help ensure that everyone has a chance to succeed. However, you cannot ensure the success of the low achievers by bringing the high achievers down. We must teach the low achievers to play on the high achiever's level. Draining Michael Jordan of his talent just so that other NBA players can compete with him is wrong. If you can't beat Michael it is because you are not as good at basketball as he is. Period. Work harder, work smarter, study the game, hone your skills and try again. And if you still can't beat him then guess what, Michael may just be better than you at basketball. And that's okay. Babe Ruth as a better Baseball player than Michael Jordan. Celine Dion is a better singer than Michael Jordan. Michelangelo was a better sculptor than Michael Jordan. There are lots of things that Michael Jordan isn't good at. It is the same for us. Most people have one or two talents they excel in and are simply average or lower in others. Inequality is precisely what allows you to choose what you want to excel in.
If you truly want everyone to be equal, allow them to express their differences and embrace inequality. This paradox is lost on many people in this country. True equality comes from valuing the differences in talent, income, skill sets, and personality traits.
Only when we learn to embrace inequality will everyone begin to have a fair chance at success. Warriors know this. The man better skilled at sharp-shooting becomes the sniper. The one who loves the thrill of sky-diving becomes the paratrooper. The one who enjoys swimming, diving, and amphibious activities becomes the SEAL. Each specialty is honed and polished. Talents are not squashed among warriors. Warriors know that in order to maximize their chances for survival, many talents are necessary and that every team member is valuable.
The Field Medic is not jealous of the sniper's firearm prowess and the sniper is not jealous of the Medic's precise hands. They both serve a function. A unit with no medics will be in trouble. All members of the team are valued and their unique talents are brought forth to contribute as much as possible to the success of the collective.
This was the case in feudal Japan as well. Some were farmers, some were blacksmiths, some were artisans, some were mariners, some were soldiers. Each person had a role. Each person contributed to the success of the community and local economy. The government didn't force all the mariners to become farmers in the name of equality. All the soldiers weren't forced to become artisans in the name of equality. All the roles were appreciated and needed for the village or town to survive and thrive.
In America, many people have forgotten this. They have forgotten that true success comes from allowing everyone to express their unique talents and contribute their passions into the marketplace. The government doesn't need to enforce equality. All it needs to do is encourage inequality and equality will thrive. Encourage the citizens of this great nation to fearlessly embrace their unique differences and to use them for the benefit of all. Equality isn't fair. Inequality is fair. Inequality gives this nation its best chance at recovering. Only by allowing and encouraging unequal thinking and unequal actions will this nation forge ahead into the future as a leader of innovation and prosperity.
Live unequally in the battleground
Let the title of this blog sink in for a moment. Have you ever stopped to think about the unfairness of equality? I have. I have stretched my mind attempting to see what value equality brings to the table and I cannot see it. Why on earth are so many people enthralled with equality? An interesting question, but that is the subject for another day. Today I want to focus on just how unfair equality really is. Buckle up. What is coming next will irritate, annoy and upset some people.
The best way to illustrate just how unfair equality is is to use examples people can relate to. You have probably been through some type of formal education in your life so I shall use that setting as an example. Let's say that you are in college and your final exams are upon you. You have one huge math test in college algebra coming up. Math has never been your strong suit, so you carve out extra time all week to study. You sacrifice by not partying the weekend before; you stay in and devote yourself to running problems and practicing for the exam. The day of the test finally dawns, and you feel prepared. You sit down to take the exam and unlike other times when the material looked like a foreign language, you actually understand what is happening and solve every problem. You know walking out that you aced it. No doubt. The only question is whether you got 100% or 100%. Your assumption turns out to be true, you aced it, 100%. You are awarded an A for the exam which gave you an A for the class overall. You are ecstatic. Until you learn the bad news. The class slacker (lets call him Bob) has also earned an A for the class. You think something must be amiss because you know he never studied. You also know he isn't a natural math whiz. How did he get an A? You think to yourself, "He must have cheated on his tests." Turns out, Bob didn't cheat. He failed every exam. Your professor simply awarded Bob an A so that Bob's fragile psyche wouldn't be damaged. "Think about how much his mind would be damaged if I told him he failed?" The professor says. "But he did fail." You reply. "He didn't study. He never turned in homework. He didn't DO anything! While I stayed in all weekend studying he was partying and living it up. Why should he get the same grade as me?" "Because we're all equal here." The professor replies.
That is why equality is unfair. Bob does not deserve that A and he knows it. You know it. Anyone with a brain who was in that hypothetical class would know it. Yet Bob is awarded the A all in the name of equality. How would you feel if you were the student who studied and busted their butt for the A? How highly would you be motivated to study hard in the future? What is the point in studying hard? If you can party like Bob and still get an A, why study hard? If I am asking this question, you know it hasn't escaped the minds of real students in real schools all over the country. They look around and they realize how unfair equality is. They may not be able to articulate the point succinctly, but they realize it sure as night follows day. They can tell who the slackers are and when they see very little, if any difference to how those kids are rewarded compared to them, it kills their ambition. It kills their drive. Equality is unfair because it sabotages the will to compete. It crushes ambition and kills creativity.
If equality is unfair that means that the opposite of equality, inequality, is actually fair. Think about that: inequality is fair. Stay with me here. Equality is unfair because no two human beings are equal. Every person brings slightly different talents, levels of effort, attitudes, skills, and competencies to a situation. If all those things are always different, how on earth are we ever supposed to be equal? Why would you want to be equal in the first place?
Example: Should we have forced Michael Jordan to play basketball at a lower level than he was capable of just so that other players could be equal to him? How exciting would the National Basketball Association games be if every player was equal? Would you even watch anymore? How about sports in general? People win and lose in professional sports. Why not make them equal and take away the scoreboards? Would you watch football if the yard lines weren't marked? If there was no score? Heck, we can't even say one endzone belongs to this team and the other endzone belongs to that team because then they aren't equal. So both endzones belong to both teams at the exact same time. Would you watch football anymore? I wouldn't.
How fair is equality to someone like Michael Jordan if we make him play at a low level just so others less skilled can compete with him? It's not Michael's fault he is better than everyone else. God blessed him with a gift AND he worked his ass off to get that good. He drove himself to be great. Why is that a bad thing? In the Utopian world of equality, there would be a magic machine that could suck the talent out of Michael so that it could be redistributed to other players to "level the playing field." Sound fun?
Imagine it's you who has the Michael Jordan like skill and talent. You are a super genius at your profession or craft. I show up with my Talent Draining Machine to take some of your talent and give it to Bob (the student who didn't study). You had to study and work hard for your skill at math, but I'm going to suck it from you and place it in Bob's mind without him having to work for it at all. You okay with that? You shouldn't be.
Equality is unfair because talent, effort, attitude, gratitude, skill, mindset, drive, ambition, work ethic, memory, creativity, abilities, capacities and potentials are not and will never be equal. Warriors know this. And no one knows better how unfair equality is than the warrior.
In battle, there are winners and losers. Survivors and those who don't survive. True equality would say that if one of your team members dies, you all should die because it isn't fair for that team member to die when no one else dies. Want to sign up for that platoon? If one man/woman on your team loses a finger, then you all must chop your finger off so that person is now equal with all of you. Sound good? The reality is that in battle some die and some don't. There is no equality about that. Sometimes the better trained warriors are the ones who survive. Sometimes the ones who survive are the ones who just got lucky. There's no equality about it. Equality would be unfair.
To be equal, we can't have any differentiating factors. From a military perspective, that would be like making your worst recruits part of a an Elite Special Operations team just so that everyone can be equal. Imagine how you would feel if you survived all of Navy SEAL training and at the end of Hell-week, they bring in 10 new guys who didn't do a damn bit of training and they make them your equals as SEALS. How would you feel? I can tell you this, aside from how they felt, the SEALS who went through the training would utterly refuse to work with those who didn't train. Because they would not compromise their safety or the safety of the other SEALS who trained by working with people who never trained. It would be tremendously dangerous and foolish.
Look to your own communities. Do you want a blind man conducting traffic stops in his police squad car on your local roads? When someone asks "How can this happen? Who stationed the blind man to conduct traffic stops on a busy highway?" The answer will be "Well, we didn't want him to feel unequal so we figured we'd let him drive the car and issue traffic citations." What?! Do you see how ridiculous this notion is? Why we as a nation must cast off this sick and perverted desire to be "equal" to everyone?
Here is an newsflash for you: You are not equal to Michael Jordan in basketball skill. You know why? Because you didn't work as hard at basketball as Michael did. You don't have as much money as Bill Gates because you didn't event a product that revolutionized the world like the computer chip did. You are not equal to them but it is fair. It is fair that you are what and who you are. If you don't like your present situation, change it. The beauty about inequality is that you can change your state of being. In our Utopian society of true equality, you cannot better yourself because to do so would make you unequal to everyone else. This is not tolerated in equal societies.
In summation, equality is unfair and inequality is fair. This is completely counter it seems to what many in this country are clambering for. "We want equality!" No you don't. Do you want the real truth about equality? True equality for all mankind means that you would lose your right to self-actualization and realization. You would forfeit your right to become anything or do anything without the consent of everyone else; lest you become greater than them in some area. You lose all right to personal freedom, choice, and options in an equal world. I thank the good Lord every day that He did not make us equal. That we each have a choice in how to determine the outcome of our lives. I will not trade the risk of self-determination for the "peace and security" of equality. I want freedom. I want choices. I want to be able to better myself and to strive for greatness.
Ultimately, it comes down to what you value more, "Peace and security" or freedom to self-determinate? You choose. And in the very act of choosing, you are casting your vote for inequality. For in a truly equal world, you wouldn't even be able to debate the issue or make any choice of any kind in the first place.