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