There’s no word more powerful than the word “equality.” No word instantly deflates an appeal to wisdom like “equality.” No word casts aspersions on the discerning person like “equality.” To be clear, “equality” is:
- the moron’s rebuttal to every prudent restriction on freedom a civil society requires to function, and
- the coward’s rationalization for giving up a sound argument because he doesn’t want morons to call him names.
Why would you restrict boys from competing against girls? Are girls less athletic? Are the sexes fundamentally different? Are you a misogynist?
Why shouldn’t we allow everyone to express their love? Isn’t love beautiful? Is your love better than their love just because it’s directed at people your own age?
Imagine the time we could save in crafting laws if we made equality the measure of everything. How simple life would be without being encumbered by built-in notions of differences and distinctions among people and their actions.
This is not really equality. This is radical egalitarianism, the Marxist instinct for liberation from the bourgeois nature of man and natural order of the universe.
To mean one thing is to exclude everything else. Two and two is not five. It cannot be five.
In the age of hubris, this logic amounts to bigotry. Claim specificity and be damned. So two and two is whatever we will it to be. It is everything and nothing. Why? Because equality.
Further reading: “Dictatorship of Relativism,” an interview of Pope Benedict XVI by Peter Seewald. Excerpt:
“An abstract, negative religion is being made into a tyrannical standard that everyone must follow. That is then seemingly freedom—for the sole reason that it is liberation from the previous situation.” –Pope Benedict XVI