Critically Thinking about Equality vs Equity
The Bible vs John Lennon
Hopefully critical thinking readers have been carefully considering the extraordinarily important messages in our new K-12 Science education analyses: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. One of the six (6) key concerns is that non-science is currently being taught in K-12 Science classes, in some 45 states: specifically politics and theology. By definition, Science should be apolitical and theistically objective.
The sound-byte definition of these two similar appearing words is: 1) Equality is about providing equal opportunity, while 2) Equity is about assuring equal results. In other words, those similar appearing terms are actually almost the opposite of each other.
Interestingly, although it is not frequently acknowledged, whether we advocate equality or equity is largely a theological issue. Which one is “right” is characterized as a moral (hence theological) question.
America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and democratic principles — and both of those are about equality. Consider our Declaration of Independence. Among other inspiring things it has this sentence, which incorporates both of these values:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”
The Bible says nothing about us being entitled to equal results (equity). On the contrary, there are numerous references about unequal results (e.g., going to hell) based on bad actions.
On the other hand, the Bible repeatedly encourages good people to reach out and help the poor and disadvantaged. The story of the Good Samaritan is a classic example. The distinction between what the Bible is advocating and current political (equity) movements, is that the Bible is praising voluntary assistance to the disadvantaged — while today it is being made more and more mandatory. Big difference!
Advocates of equity insist that those with disadvantages should have mandated commensurate compensation. But since this is not a Biblical position, where is this theological standard enumerated, by whom, and with what authority? No answer.
What the Bible also says is that inequalities will be made up for in the next world. But those who do not ascribe to Judeo-Christian beliefs (or similar) have no assurance that there will be a next world, so they want adjustments now.
Another slippery slope is that once we say adjustments should be made for inequities, exactly what disadvantages should be compensated, and specifically who has the authority to make that determination?
For example, I am the oldest of nine children, so I received much less parental guidance, etc. than a single child would have benefited from. Shouldn’t that major deficiency be compensable in the name of equity?
As the oldest of nine children, the role of being the third parent was forced on me. That severely restricted the time I had for developing my own interests, skills, etc. Shouldn’t that significant inequity be compensable?
My dad went bankrupt a few times, so we had to suffer with many indignities like eating bread discarded from the day-old bread store. Should that be compensable?
When I was still living at home (early twenties), our family home burned down. As a result my life was severely disrupted, plus I lost innumerable mementos and other treasures. Shouldn’t that be compensable?
I’ve lost much of my hair, which has negatively impacted my opportunities with women. Shouldn't all those privileged men with a full head of hair, compensate me?
The bottom line is that Life is not Fair! There is no law that legislates fairness across the board, as no such thing is possible. God is the only authority who has the power and the interest to guarantee us total fairness.
However, those who deny the existence of God are then left to their own means to try to force fairness on an unfair world — which is what we are dealing with now.
Like a lot of things from the Left, a very problematic message is communicated in an attractive package. Their idea is that if we enjoy the song, we won’t pay attention to the message it conveys. Would it be as popular if it was titled the Ode to Equity?
Let’s look more closely at the subversive messages John Lennon clearly states…
Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try.
No hell below us, above us only sky.
Imagine all the people, living for today, ah ha.
Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too.
Imagine all the people, living life in peace, yoo-hoo…
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.
Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people, sharing all the world, yoo-hoo…
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one.
He is advocating no religion (no God), globalism (no borders), no possessions, etc. Interestingly — and accurately — Lennon publicly acknowledged the obvious: that the words are “virtually a Communist Manifesto”! The takeaway:
Equality => a Judeo-Christian, democratic country (e.g., America)
Equity => an atheistic, communist country (e.g., China)
The counter argument is something like: America is a fraud — just look at all of the historical failings. The victims of these injustices deserve reparations.
The answer is: yes, there have been innumerable mistakes made. This is an indictment of the failings of humans, not Judeo-Christianity or Democracy.
The solution is: not to change horses in midstream, or go from the frying pan to the fire. Instead, focus on complying better with our Judeo-Christian values and Democratic beliefs. Then have faith that God will be the great equalizer for all the injustices that we will inevitably experience in this vale of tears.
Give careful thought to the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), CRT (Critical Race Theory) and Woke packages, as they have profoundly negative consequences. For some excellent commentaries on these, please read this powerful Heritage document.
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WiseEnergy.org: discusses the Science (or lack thereof) behind our energy options.
C19Science.info: covers the lack of genuine Science behind our COVID-19 policies.
Election-Integrity.info: multiple major reports on the election integrity issue.
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