Equal Opportunity or Equal Circumstances?

“Some enslaved men wish to become free. Some free men wish to lose responsibility.  However, without responsibility there is no freedom… Upon fighting for equal opportunity, slaves are rewarded with capitalism. Upon fighting for equal circumstances, free men are rewarded with enslavement.”

The nature of the world is not fair. Not everyone is born into the USA. Some are born into poverty stricken countries with heavy handed governments. Some die at a young age due to starvation in those very same countries.

There is no way to guarantee equal circumstances for all without enslaving everyone. The only way to make everyone equal is to treat them all as slaves, and take away all their rights.

However, there is a way to give everyone equal rights. The Declaration of Independence talks of ‘certain, unalienable Rights’. It does not describe ‘Happiness’ as a right, because the authors knew that it isn’t possible to guarantee everyone happiness, but rather they say of the rights ” that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Happiness is something only the individual can attain, as only the individual knows what will make him happy. The truth is that a small percentage of the population(the government), cannot work hard enough or long enough to give all people happiness. People have to make people happy. In order for the government to even attempt to supply for everyone’s needs, they must also enslave everyone to their work forces at the same time. And as the USSR has proven, such a plan results in millions of deaths.

As the fantasy novel author Terry Pratchett so aptly puts it in his novel Witches Abroad: “You can’t go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it’s just a cage.”

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