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I agree, but I'd point out that we're also biologically wired for empathy. It's just that historically that empathy has been given only to those like ourselves. I think we are growing beyond that. Slowly, but we're working on it.
I certainly have to agree with Mrs. Manning: we are also wired for empathy, compassion and understanding. Just because our ancestors may have lived in caves and banged their fists on their chests, we do not have to. Awareness is changing our "nature"
People here clearly do not know how to answer the above question. Equality is nothing more than a concept. Before 1960s, Equality meant equality before the law. In the 60s it had changed to integration rights (polti & econ)for blacks; then femal
You are looking at the surface. The core of the matter is gain, greed. The people in the Amazon jungles are equal too. Its a world view, not just American. Your profile says it all. If you are racist just admit it. Don't lie to yourself.
"The people in the Amazon jungles are equal too" REALLY? Females there are "equal" to the males? Still waiting for someone here to define "equality"
Not in the appearance or posessions, but as humans. Nobody is better than anybody.
So ALL society's titles/status symbols (president, CEO, Mayor, Governor, etc.) must be eliminated, as they convey superiority, and therefore inequality. RIGHT? And how about the people who have more $$...and can eat "better" food? food should equal?
Amusing. If they are still living 200 years from today, I will be impressed. If we have to look for them in the cemetary, I guess they were not all that superior.
Sri T, I thought u answered this very well and very simply.
Thank you for saying that some people are evil. So many people seem afraid of actually saying this truth. Even if one has not crossed paths with one of these types, they surely exist.
I agree lesliebyars
If white Christian males returned to subsistence farming in America...all that we interpret as racism and sexism would become moot - DISAPPEAR. Yes, as much chance of that happening as the concept of equality becoming a reality
You should drop the word Christian. Your views have nothing to do with their teachings, which is love your fellow men.
I think the words white and christian and males should be dropped. Inequality, in its essence exists, in all walks of life and has to do w/ strong vs weak.
I could not agree more Lesliebyars and Mklow1.
Your answer is spot on.
WOW conrad... Your response seems to be taken right out of Karl Marx's communist manifesto. Equality=egalitarianism = "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" BEWARE PEOPLE...die hard communist are still among us...
L Leretseh, I have not read Marx manifesto. Did he say anything about social justice? to return your compliment, I thought Joe MacCarthy is already gone. That communist bugaboo is passe, the US is allied with China, France where there are communists.
Interesting, Equality = Communism, spoken like a true Conservative.
Okay esoteric, why don't you be the first here to define what "equality" means.
conrad, what is "social justice"? Funny phrase. Please define.
L Leretseh, encyclopedia britannica or encarta, even wikipedia will save you from being lost in defining social justice. Or go to papal encyclicals. May be I must level down the definition I have given in my first post but not enough space here..
"is the bedrock of human civility" -Doesn't one first need to define equality ? The rest of your comment...I'm lost.
If he didn't believe it in a mean way, did he think he should be included in the lower class? lol
Sorry, but I hv no clue as how your response answers the above question.
I stated that sometimes people must fight for equality simply because there are people in this world with different, negative motives & actions. Ie: if you have bad neighbors encroaching into your life, would you not give some type of push back?
"sometimes people must fight for equality"
Specifically, who are these "people" who hv fought for "equality"?
BTW, please don't tell me about the "people" the DEMs have carved out in America . . .and pitted against white Christian males.
Many people, women, dozens of races and nationalities, disabled, and others to name a few. Also, why are you so hostile? Who has hurt you?
You will have to try again @Express10, all those groups you mentioned aren't white, male Christians. What you listed are part of the class that largely supports the kinds of things 'D's believe is right and moral, e.g., individualism and equality.
Why do you need the herd? Who are you? Can't you stand on your own? Where is your power? Only weak people hide in the herd. All the groups are illusions. You are alone. You're born, you live and die alone. Like everybody. Neither higher or lower.
If one reads they'll see I answered a question whether they agree or not with my answer. What's with the preoccupation with white Christian males and S Leretseh's hostile/angry comments on various answers to this question? Ah, trolls.
Sorry, That question was for S Leretseh. He keeps speaking about white christian males.
The problem is clearly them. Funny, I ask 2 questions & S Leretseh is suddenly unavailable when they were quite available to say rude or snippy comments to various people's answers here & MyEsoteric sloppily attempts to continue the silliness
lol @ S Leretseh - Buddy goes around with donkeyish comments, ill mannered but does not answer the question. Gotta love the haters ... LOL
For the people who were the creators of S. African society (English, Christian males), there ws best that could be achieved by man in ensuring all people - of the SAME group - get equal treatment under the law. Prior to 1964 integration ws unknown
That would be true if life was all about economics and social stature. It would also prove that God is just a tool if all men are not considered equal in his eyes, having to choose to fight exploitation. No wonder everyone is trying to get nukes
I wish what you say is true, @AuthorCheryl, but it isn't. For example, do you truly believe poor Americans are so lazy that only 3 in 10 make it from the lowest 10% to the highest 50%? That the other 7 choose to stay below the median?
This is a beautiful answer if we're sitting around a fire place, drinking hot chocolate and philosophizing. When I hit the streets though and I see homeless people sleeping on subway vents begging for food inequality becomes pretty obvious. Cheers!
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