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Is equality always a good thing?

March 5, 2013

It was recently reported that the scientific community has released a new study. They now believe there may be 300 sextillion stars in the universe, or three times what they had previously believed....

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Steiner

Mar-05-13 8:43 AM

Mr westlund is right. Life will never be fair, despite repeated , failed attempts by the libs to make it so. Diversity is great to the libs, until a size zero comes along vs a size 18. Tyrants must be killed?, heavens no, you negotiate with them ! Just kidding. Even some historians feel that Stalin just loved killing people. that is probably why the left idolized him. If everyone were equally gifted, the libs could truly say, you did not build that as everyone could. But we are not equally gifted and the libs say it anyway.You are right about counting stars. i amazed they do not have a school project to count leaves on trees, to prove global warming .

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Regelski

Mar-05-13 10:57 AM

Well .. . the concept of equality has two dimensions. Obviously, not all people are born equal in terms of their inheritance, family, social context, etc. The part that is relevant is equality under the law: equal opportunity, equal access, and the like.

By the way, why does this contributor get his picture included in his post? Have I missed that he's someone special we should pay extra attention to his pronouncements.

This one is thoughtful, but really besides the point: its our responsibility to determine the conditions of equality and to protect when these are not available. For example, women's sports, or equal access to buildings for the infirm. The rest of these musings are not consequential, I think. How does the author judge his equality with, for example, other social and philosophical commentators?

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Regelski

Mar-05-13 11:17 AM

Steiner can't make a remark without insulting comments about libs, global warming and the like. Pathetic. His historical facts are also wrong: Stalin was far from a "leftist" by any definition. He is historically regarded among the dictators of the world who were anything but 'liberal' or 'progressive'. His communism wasn't even in sync with Leninst ideology--not that Lenin has anything going for him.

Steiner: why can't you have civil discussion without the insults, name calling, and parading of your ideological 'talking point'? Here, you have no idea of what you're talking about (history and all that stuff you didn't learn in 6th grade).

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Forestvillain

Mar-05-13 12:47 PM

Not a lot of logic here. The author compares the scientific exploration of the universe with counting the blades of grass at the country club. Absurd. I expect that when he flies in an airplane, seeks medical treatment, etc. he appreciates science. Next...."One of the biggest hindrances to the progress of civilization has been those in our midst who try to make their mark by remaking the world." Yes, those guys Jesus, George Washington, Ghandi, Lincoln... shame on them for rocking the boat. Just accept the status quo with the rest of the sheeple.

Life isn't fair, but with a bit of divine intervention, economic and social justice it could be a lot fairer. Tell a handicapped child living with a poor single mother about all of the great opportunities that lay ahead.

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Truthteller

Mar-05-13 7:51 PM

As a liberal, I don't see "equal treatment" as equality of TALENT. I see "equality" as a reckoning of the WORTH of every person. I appreciate Mr. Westlund's reminder that talent and nature's endowments are not distributed equally. What should be, though, is our human recognition that we all have worth, whether that recognition comes from religion or humanism. Even Steiner, I grudgingly admit.

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PhilJulian

Mar-06-13 1:28 PM

When my ancestors came to this country from Italy in the early 20th. century they were certainly not treated as equals - but I understand that. Grandpa would have been inclined to raise chickens and ducks in his front yard in the city. But community standards prevented him from doing that. My ancestors knocked them selves out just to put food on the table. Eventually they learned the language, invested in real estate and thru their efforts became respectable, self sustaining members of the community. Respect and acceptance are not benefits that we get from government in the form of a monthly check. They are benefits that we get ferom society from hard work and determination and they are available to anyone willing to make the effort.

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rdnewt

Mar-07-13 11:25 AM

There is no such thing as "equality" among mankind. There are such things that our country was founded on, such as inalienable human rights, and equality of justice, but all else is up to us as individuals. We may have been created equal in the eyes of God, but what we do with that is in our hands. There may be those who were born into different circumstances, but in the end, we determine our own fate. It may be a tougher ride for some than others. It has been shown that those who have to overcome obstacles become stronger because of it. Look at a man like Sam Walton, who was a poor child who sold pencils on a street corner to make money for his family. There are too many examples of greatness that have been inspired by a will to do more than their equal share of the work. Why would anyone want to be equal? The author is correct in this. Strive to be better, and you will inspire others to do the same.

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