Equality . . .

It seems that everywhere you look these days, there is someone ranting about social equality.  My wife and I recently bought the DVD for the movie Wonder Woman that came out in the last year or so, and in the special features there was a whole segment about all the women, on and off camera, who were involved in the making of the movie.  It seemed that every woman interviewed had something to say about “empowering women in movies”.

Now, I’ve said before that I LOVE that movie, but I don’t love it because it was made by hundreds of women, including the director and the heads of many departments (sets, costumes, make-up, hair dressing, etc.).  I love the movie because it is a great movie about a super heroine I’ve loved my entire life.

So, I want to point out something that should be PAINFULLY obvious, if you think about it.

EQUALITY is a factual IMPOSSIBILITY.  If we had true equality, I’d be able to play basketball as well as Michael Jordan at his best.  I’d have a body that looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the early 1970’s.  I’d have the stamina of the best Iron Man athlete in history, and a mind that would give Einstein, da Vinci, and Hawking a run for their money.  We’d all be the same height, weight, skin color, and GENDER.

It can’t be done.  This world does not work on equality – it works on individuality.  How many different species of domestic cat and dog are there?  How many types of tree, grass, or bird?

Whenever you hear someone ranting about equality – what you are probably hearing is that they do not like themselves.  They do not want to be special, and they do not want YOU to be special either.  Perhaps they are just afraid of you being successful at something they would do if they thought they could succeed.  Whatever their motive, they are trying to hold you down, make you mediocre.

But, I’ll make you a promise.  IF you will take a close look at yourself, what makes you passionate about life, what is different about you than everyone else around you, and you embrace that with everything you can give it, you will find that one thing that is most desired, and most elusive, about the human condition.

Happiness.

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