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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Black and White . . .

On this day, one week before the start  of a new semester at the local university, I’d like to address something that all college students will be faced with throughout the coming year . . . the ongoing battle of good versus evil.

It’s so pervasive, and long lived, that the terms we have to speak of it are myriad – yet probably none approach the universal use and recognition of “black and white”.  Black – the color that represents the equal presence of all colors; white – the color that represents the absence of all colors.  Those terms have nearly eternally been recognized as the short-hand reference to the battle between good and evil.  Yet, I have a simple observation to point out that doesn’t get near the attention that it merits.

Good cannot exist in the absence of evil, and evil cannot exist in the absence of good.

Consider the typical, fully charged, battery.  You pick it up, hold it in your hand, and know that it has the power to potentially do wonderful things.  But it will do NOTHING until it is plugged into a circuit.  Electricity is just a potential until it has somewhere to go.  The same is true with an idea.  Thus, it does not matter what your idea of a better universe is (and I guarantee that someone out there considers it to be evil), it NEEDS the presence of an oppositional idea to have somewhere to go, something to do.

Good and evil need each other to serve any purpose for those of us who invest time in thinking about them.  Thus, it is an eternal waste of effort to invest yourself in the eradication of whatever idea is opposed to yours.  I guarantee two things.  If you succeed, it will be the death of your goal, because your goal will no longer serve a purpose.  And , even if you consider that to be a fair trade, there are others out there who feel the same about beating your idea.

This apples universally – most especially to religion and politics.  Thus, we need to all take a step back, a deep breath, and consider from a point of genuine sanity that what we honestly need is not a victory, but the ability to embrace in tolerance the ideas we most hate.

For those who enjoy reading anything that is not required for a course, or for work, there is one book I will recommend you read before this calendar year (2018) is completed:

GNOSTICISM: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing – by Stephan A. Hoeller

Saturday Posts . . .

Before I give you the quote, I should explain that in the video game this comes from, the characters call their world “Thedas”.  So, in the quote, every time you read Thedas, you can substitute Earth, and see if you agree that it applies to us.

“There is a danger to the natural order.  Legends walked Thedas once, things of might and wonder.  Their passing has left us all the lesser.”

“Yes!  Is Thedas so full of wonders that we should leave them to die, one by one?  Mankind blunders through the world, crushing what it doesn’t understand: elves, dragons, magic… the list is endless.  We must slow the tide or be left with nothing more than the mundane.  This I know to be true.”

Both of those quotes are verbalized by the character Morrigan, in the game Dragon Age: Inquisition.