Why does society try to make us all equal when we clearly aren't?

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  1. peeples profile image90
    peeplesposted 10 years ago

    Why does society try to make us all equal when we clearly aren't?

    This mentality is odd to me and I'm confused as to why we want to make everyone equal. Drug dealers, rapist, child abusers are not equal to honest people who try to live a moral life. There will always be some who are better and worse than others. Do you believe we are all equal and do you relate this to a religion?

  2. factsknowing profile image73
    factsknowingposted 10 years ago

    Society doesn't try to make us equal. It tries to make us understand and tolerate each other.
    If we dwell on prioritizing our differences, security, happiness, and pleasant relationship will be a mirage.

  3. EinderDarkwolf profile image61
    EinderDarkwolfposted 10 years ago

    I think the honest focus isn't meant to be making everyone them same. I think the way it's intended is the same way the founding fathers meant it. Everyone deserves the chance to rise above. If they choose not to do so, then we aren't responsible because we did give them that chance. The chance has to be given though in order for people to be able to take it.

  4. Marturion profile image61
    Marturionposted 10 years ago

    We are "created equal."  What happens after conception is a whole other story.  We do have "certain unalienable rights," and those we protect, regardless of circumstance.  But those rights also hold a certain level of responsibility, and when we fail to meet those responsibilities, it is necessary for action to be taken.

    I may have gone off on a tangent on that one, but what the heck.

  5. glmclendon profile image61
    glmclendonposted 10 years ago

    I think we are talking about the law? Some are blessed to have money, others have education, but we are equal in the sight of God.

    Stay Well

  6. whonunuwho profile image54
    whonunuwhoposted 10 years ago

    As human beings we are all equal in worth. Not to matter about our stature in life or how much money we may have, human worth is beyond the limits of any value be it gold or greenbacks. Society in this country is well divided between the have and the have-nots, as it has been across the entire world for ages. The feudal system in Europe and Royal control has been a part of the history of our civilization for centuries. The constitution spells out that we are equal in this country and entitled to all the rights that are written on this parchment by the founding fathers. Our society has rules and laws that are supposed to deal with law breakers. These individuals may have all the rights, yet in order to receive them, they must abide by the laws drafted by congress and on state and local levels. On the cross, Jesus was in the company of two law breakers on either side of his cross. One asked why he did not make a miracle and keep this from happening to him, and another asked to be forgiven. He forgave that man's sins and told him he would join him in heaven on that day to be with God. All that man had to do was ask for forgiveness and really mean it! Our christian religion does not choose what is a good man or a bad man, but that we should all follow Christ and do as He commanded, if we were to join Him in Heaven. Righteous religion does not see that any person is better than another. As a student of religions around the world. I have seen that religions of this civilization are good in their basic meaning and precepts. Most regard people as equal under God, or the heavenly Father. It is up to each one to decide if they will follow the laws and their individual religious beliefs, and up to God, the Father, to accept them.

  7. ii3rittles profile image83
    ii3rittlesposted 10 years ago

    We are all equal in creation... It is our evil actions and evil ways which makes us appear less than another. No matter which way you look at it, we ARE equal. We all have the right to live, we all don't choose the right way to live, however.

  8. Faceless39 profile image91
    Faceless39posted 10 years ago

    Where are people treated equally?  You must be living in a different place.

  9. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 10 years ago

    I'm not sure I understand your question, but I'd like to say that all human beings, whether depraved or not, represent a human life. Insofar as possible I believe we should treat all others with as much respect as we can - that doesn't mean we need to like them, but simply respect them as human beings. Any one of us, given different circumstances could end up in a similar situation.

    In terms of the American legal system, at least the way it was intended to operate, I believe that all deserve a fair trial regardless of their alleged crime. I like the idea that people are only guilty when proven guilty. It's not a perfect system, but it's the best that I'm aware of on this earth.

    Are rapists and child abusers bad people? Yes. According to my belief system, we are all bad people. We just commit different sins, but all is sin in the yes of a Holy God. Vengeance is His, not ours.

    According to my belief system, based on the Holy Bible, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 3:10)

    We are not equal in this life - that is apparent, but as the Bible says, "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)

    "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." (Romans 12:20)

    Only God is good. The rest of us are all human.

  10. ptosis profile image73
    ptosisposted 10 years ago


    It's related to the saying, "Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive  forgiveness from God"  which sounds like even if you are a mass murderer and cannibal like Idi Amin can still be able to get to Heaven.

    I have a beef about that.

    In US churches, once you accept JC and become a Christian, you are asked to do good works in order to be "richly rewarded in Heaven" which sounds like there is a slum section for all those evil folks who were forgiven.

    On the other hand most people do feel that good works on earth is more important - such as the Vikings who were pagans.

    We are all familiar with Valhalla, but that was the highest heaven for those who died in battle. The lowest afterlife for a Viking are those who died of old age or sickness  and went to Hel - a totally different place than the Christians'  concept of a everlasting punishing Hell.

    Perhaps the 'equal' part is related to the soul and not actions at all. The belief of having a soul that can be forgiven give a person a 'blank check' to do anything in this life and that's why this earth we live on is so hellish for the majority of humans.

    Perhaps ditching the idea of an everlasting soul that can be reset to 'pure' by God's forgiveness is the cure to a better world in this life.


  11. denkmuskel profile image59
    denkmuskelposted 10 years ago

    It is not society that makes us what we are, it is always people. The fight against systems and institutions is one we can never win. But we are able to fight against unjust people. Get in contact with your power and stop blaming ghosts for any insufficiencies you experience. read more

  12. ackman1465 profile image60
    ackman1465posted 10 years ago

    What a maelstrom of topics are touched in this question!!!!  "Society" and "religion".... isn't that the classic "church and state" thing?????  Then, equality in religious circles versus secular circles....

    Religion is SURELY no place to look for "equality."  Look at the opulence of the Vatican versus the back streets of Calcutta wherein the Pope lives like a rock star and Mother Teresa lives in squalor.  Which one of THEM is on the "fast track" to Heaven??????

    Equality?  We all start with 2 lungs-full of air ....and what we make of ourselves, after that, is UP TO US (in "free" countries/societies).....

    1. Lor's Stories profile image61
      Lor's Storiesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh now just because the Vatican is opulent doesn't mean the pope is rich.
      No one owns the treasures of the Vatican. Do you know how old the Sistine chapel is? Never saw a pope try . The pope can't sell the Vatican!!

  13. Josak profile image60
    Josakposted 10 years ago

    It's an interesting question, I don't think anyone is saying everyone is equal in ability, even men like Marx who believed in absolute equality made this clear but rather that everyone deserves equal treatment and equal enjoyment in life so long as they are willing to work equally for it, people with talents have a great power at their disposal and to quote spiderman tongue "with great power comes great responsibility"  a responsibility to use that power to help not only yourself but those around you so that all receive a better life.

  14. mikejhca profile image93
    mikejhcaposted 10 years ago

    I think society tries to make us all equal so everyone has the same rights, privileges and opportunities to start with.  Society tries to reduce things like discrimination.  Drug dealers, rapists and child abusers are not equal to regular people.  However that is because they chose to be criminals or have mental problems.

    Treating people as equals is an attempt at getting people to become productive members of society.  Some people have their rights, privileges and opportunities taken away when they go against society.  Before they can become a productive member of society they need to be made equal again.

  15. profile image54
    I AM the TRUTHposted 9 years ago

    Yes we are all eqaul I see in many ways. You have the same opporitunity to excel, but not equal in opporitunity.I see this is good.

  16. Lor's Stories profile image61
    Lor's Storiesposted 9 years ago

    I think we are all born equally. But we all have free- will.
    I don't believe drug dealers are born that way. They fall into the wrong groups.
    I don't consider them better or worse off since they have free- will.

    But being born into a cycle of poverty, or having an illness does not make anyone less than equal unless one thinks they are.
    No one choses illness or poverty, compared to drugs. Unless one does it to feed a family.
    This is a deep issue.
    But God did make us in his image.
    So at the core of each person God exists.
    Saint Augustine and Saint Paul committed crimes like murder and they are Saints.

  17. favour chibuzor profile image56
    favour chibuzorposted 6 years ago

    society make us equal before the law which is the right thing to do and we all men are equal before God.


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