You Are Not Equal

You probably thought you were just as good as anybody else, regardless of who you are. Everybody is really equal, right? Everybody believes that.

(This is a modified version of a post on my Christianity blog, here if you are interested.)

Bruce Charlton talks about how the Church of England has been “hollowed out” like all other institutions in leftist England. This is the inevitable result of the idea of equality, the basis of modern democracy, socialism and populism. The toxic nature of equality came up in one of the many dissident blogs I read recently, but I can’t find the reference.

The truth is people are not equal. People are different, some better in some ways and some in others, some worse in some ways and some in others. OK, you will admit to that, but isn’t everyone equal before God? Obviously not. Some people are particularly good, and some particularly bad.

“Pride” is the feeling or belief you are superior in some way. “Hubris” is a Greek word that was used to describe some especially bad crimes that resulted from excessive or inappropriate pride, such as aggravated assault or rape. “Nemesis” was the god that punished hubris, which has come to mean simply excessive pride, arrogance or the behavior that results from this. “Humility” is the belief you are not superior. “Modesty”, in its older English meaning, is not being arrogant or boastful about the ways you are superior.

All these are very important concepts. Modern society is based on the idea that everyone should feel good about themselves, even if there is objective reason for them not to. This has been a disaster, as great masses of people have or need to convince themselves they are wonderful, when they know they aren’t. It’s a great boon for sociopaths, who don’t even need to pretend to be humble, and can turn up the charm to an 11.

The problem with equality is that if you’re equal, so is everyone else. That’s what equal means. Once you say that others are not equal to you, you have admitted you are not equal to others. Having been offered, and greedily accepted, the idea of “equality”, you’re in the monkey’s fist trap. Unwilling to let go of something, you lose not only the bait but everything else.

Democracy and socialism put Europeans in this trap in the 19th century. Having that all of them should be equal, then why weren’t non-Europeans equal to them? Isn’t everybody equal? Hadn’t they assented to that when it benefitted them? Hadn’t it benefitted society? Wouldn’t it then be just and beneficial to extend equality to non-Europeans in the colonies, and even let them come and live as equals among us?

Pride was the basic value of pagan civilizations. If you were a great warrior, or champion athlete, or rich you were proud of yourself. If you were poor or a slave you were ashamed of yourself. The very special were like junior gods, and could even become gods on death. Some people let this go to their heads and decided they were actually gods while they were alive- the Roman emperors Nero and Diocletian I believe. Pride leads to a lot of fighting over who is the best, within and between societies. The defeated are oppressed, which leads to bitterness and rebellion.

The modern liberal view- shared by people as widely  varied as Charles Dickens and Ignacio Ellacuria, is that communist revolution is simply a  normal human response to the oppression of traditional societies- implicitly defined by them as not under English control. Communist revolution is actually an infection planted by outsiders, but that actual process, rather than the bogus idea of equality itself, is another topic.

If we aren’t ruled by people objectively our superiors, who are we ruled by? By people who proclaim equality the loudest, unequal in their advocacy of equality. As a practical matter their inequality and fitness to rule is indicated by education at top Ivy League universities and membership in certain ethnic and religious groups and cultures.

Beyond being ruled by people who regard themselves as our superiors based on their superior proclamations of equality, we are afflicted with the pretense of equality for people who are not equal- the pretense of equality of the races, which leads to integration harming whites, the pretense of the equality in ability of all children, which leads to a lot of money being wasted on education, the pretense of all races and both genders being able to perform all jobs equally, and so forth. None of these pretenses affect the elite, who are not equal to us, despite what they say about the equality for all.

The “hollowing out” Charlton talks about comes from the need to pretend everywhere and all the time that things that are not true, are true. By far the simplest and most effective solution to this problem is to just stop pretending people are equal, and go back to the old method of appreciating and understanding that people are different, have different skills and abilities, and different contributions to make.

We are offered the “false choice”- a turn of phrase our own Dear Leader likes to use- between vicious feudalism and modern enlightenment. The trouble is that under “modern enlightenment” people are becoming stupider, fatter, lazier, and sicker. The inferior have a false sense of equality and entitlement, which they know is false, however stupid they are, and the truly superior are expected to grovel.

Only nationalism deals with the reality of human nature and provides dignity in society for people across a wide range of roles and abilities. People who are superior in some way should be modest about it, and not engage in hubris. People who are inferior in some way should be humble about it, and not indulge in bitterness and resentment. Society must manage relations between the classes and between individuals to achieve harmony and strength.

 

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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8 Responses to You Are Not Equal

  1. Ryu says:

    Everyone is great at some particular thing. It’s just that some specialties are more valued than others. Good post; I’m not sure what to do about it yet.

  2. joetexx says:

    “The trouble is that under “modern enlightenment” people are becoming stupider, fatter, lazier, and sicker. The inferior have a false sense of equality and entitlement, which they know is false, however stupid they are, and the truly superior are expected to grovel.”

    Bingo.

    Domitian and Caligula IIRC were the only emperors worshipped as gods while alive. I don’t think even Nero went that far.

    Diocletian was the last emperor, indeed the last man, to be officially deified by the Senate before Rome went Christian. Since he abdicated the throne eight years before his death, he may still have been alive.

    Russell Kirk wrote a fascinating story called the Last God’s Dream, where Diocletan appears to modern tourists staying in his palace at Spelt in Serbia, which is now a hotel.

    Diocletian’s ghost thinks he is the one dreaming, of course.

    • Hizzle says:

      “Domitian and Caligula IIRC were the only emperors worshipped as gods while alive.”

      You forgot Obama. No, I’m not being facetious.

      • joetexx says:

        Ah but Barry O is just another light worker till he is formally inducted into divinity by the Ascended Masters.

        A Very Important Light Worker, to be sure.

  3. Even worse: Equality is a poison to the average (and below) as it untethers people to community mechanisms that evolved to ensure meaning to a life, whether butcher, baker, or candlestick-maker. No legitimacy for shaming, rewarding for rewards (rather than out of virtue), etc. people EXPECT outcomes that aren’t available. They spin into a senseless world which they were discouraged from every learning how to deal with. Demands increase, responsibility (even to themselves) becomes a ghost.

  4. Hizzle says:

    I know you say you don’t like to write about black people, or to focus on them, but reading this post about pride, false equality, hubris, etcetera, I found myself thinking about them and nothing else. Speaking of which, it looks like the moment of truth is approaching in the Zimmerman trial. Fred Reed had a good post up recently about that case, but your razor exegesis has been the best on the subject (particularly your classic “Question and Confront” piece).

    I think we’re about due for another Thras post on the Zimmerman-Trayvon fiasco.

  5. Peter Blood says:

    Good post.

    If you were wanting to unleash the seven deadly sins–pride, envy, sloth, wrath, lust, gluttony, greed–the most efficient way is the doctrine of equality. It builds pride and envy and sloth and wrath into a single package. It’s a massive piece of malware downloaded into almost everyone’s firmware.

  6. Jehu says:

    God doesn’t give a rat’s ass about our ‘equality’. He hands out gifts according to HIS will, not our perception of what should be fair or not. He has HIS favorites, not those we think He should favor. He is most assuredly not some Hero system gamemaster that hands out the same number of points to all the players. The only way in which we are ‘equal’ is that we are all of some amount of intrinsic value to God, being His creations and all assuredly subject to His will. That’s it. Full Stop.

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