As Memorial Day approaches in the United States, I would like to add my gratitude to all of the men and women who sacrificed their all to defend and protect the life and liberty of all Americans.
Now, I’d like to consider a fundamental concept related to our freedom: fairness and equality.
Many times, we see fair as everyone having all of the same things. It’s especially evident in recent legislation regarding American education and the idea of the common core. The idea is that, in order for all of us to be equal, we need to have exactly the same things. We need to be taught exactly the same things in school. We need to reach a certain point of learning by a certain age. We should all have the same amount of money at our disposal. We should all have the same cars, the same prestigious jobs, and so on ad nauseum.
Is this really equality? Does everyone need to know exactly the same information? Is it really fair to try to create a world where everyone gets the same necessities and luxuries regardless of what they do (or don’t do)?
Communism failed in the U.S.S.R. because the motivation to work was stripped from the citizens of the country through this idea of equality.
In theory, this is the kind of equality that is not only doable, but it encourages what is naturally good inside human beings — the idea that, if I really try, I have the same chance to succeed as the next person.
Sadly, this isn’t a perfect world, and we can’t ensure that everyone will have perfectly equal opportunities. There will always be bias. There will always be disabilities. There will always be those who cannot or will not make use of the opportunities they have.
The Wisdom of the Meme
So, what’s the solution? For each person who understands to do the best they can. Work hard to improve ourselves. Learn how to use our gifts and talents to make life better for ourselves and the people around us. Learn to manage our resources so that we cannot only get by but we can actually accumulate wealth.
Then, we can look “into the bowls” of others to see what they lack and how we can meet that need.