14 October 2012

Why Equality Fails

Because it’s easier to tear someone down:
Annica Eriksson, a lunch lady at school in Falun, was told that her cooking is just too good. 

Pupils at the school have become accustomed to feasting on newly baked bread and an assortment of 15 vegetables at lunchtime, but now the good times are over.

The municipality has ordered Eriksson to bring it down a notch since other schools do not receive the same calibre of food - and that is "unfair".*
If, for whatever reason, you are unable to accept the readily observable fact that people are unequal, the only way to make reality to conform to your perception is to ensure that no one differentiates himself from anyone else.  The only options for ensuring this outcome is to either smart everyone up or dumb everyone down.  It should be obvious which is the easier option, and it should also be obvious why the application of the theory of equality eventually destroys the society in which it is applied.

* On another note, why is it so difficult for journalists to write a story that has paragraphs that contain more than one sentence?  These first three “paragraphs” could be combined into one, which would not only flow well, but actually make the story easier to read.  Alternatively, if a journalist is going to write one-sentence paragraphs, why not just drop the pretense of writing a story altogether and instead present everything as a list of bullet points.