5.c.4 – Equality at all costs?

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July 26, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti

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Equality at all costs?

In the previous section we saw how our policy moves towards a social degeneration ever more accelerated. If the objective was, as still is, to improve the quality of life of citizens through the reduction of social differences between them, then we have to restart from the analysis of that objective.
This entails first of all, as usual, to clarify terminology: equality to be pursued is that of cultural and economic opportunities, not that one which is synonymous of forced flattening.
The men are not all equal and it would be a trouble if they were, because the evolutionary success of human beings is based on the great variety, therefore on the genetic differences between different individuals; there are most eclectic and less eclectic men, more strong and less strong, more sensitive and less sensitive, and so on in an endless list, but nobody has all the virtues and even if there was someone who had all of them, still he could not possibly do without the others (especially in today’s world where we always tend to greater specialization and a specialist in each subject can no longer exist).
Therefore, we must be aware and proud of our diversity, knowing that this is our winning weapon; we must strive to make the most of our genetic and cultural differences, not suppress them, because that would mean to go against our nature. No one, speaking of equality, intends to eliminate these differences made by nature, but only those created by man and then imposed by society, including racial, sexual and religious discrimination etc… Trying to remove the natural and inevitable differences, then, means to try to flatten the men; it does not mean to fight discrimination but to go against nature. We can distinguish between natural and artificial differences, and are the second ones only those to be discarded.
An efficient society must understand and then enhance the qualities of each, and ensure that the individual has the right personal and economic rewards for the role he plays in the common interest.
Once realized that people by their nature are not all equal and should play more varied roles, what is the point of talking about equality? The answer seems obvious, but in fact there is an equality to be pursued and defended at all costs, this is the real target: equal opportunities, which are determined by the society where we live. To enhance the potential of our diversity, it is indeed necessary an environment that allows everyone to be able to express his qualities; this with great satisfaction of the individual, but also with inevitable collective benefit. This is after all, a component of the previously examined rule of the benefit, in which all members of the society should benefit from belonging to it; it is in this respect that we should all be truly equal.
The differences to be eliminated are the social ones and it is obvious how they are supported by the well known root problems: ignorance, misinformation and social fragmentation.
Once understood that universal suffrage is not the goal but the means to achieve a society based on equal opportunities, we cannot but conclude, after sixty years of experimentation, that this instrument alone does not work. To implement universal suffrage without a system of self-management adapted to large numbers is like going into a jungle with a rifle loaded with blank cartridges, but believing to have real ones.

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