from this week’s ToTheSource:
. . . Human equality is not a fundamental principle. It is a principle that must be grounded in something else, something deeper, sturdier, and far more definite—the natural law. Without that foundation, the Brits will soon find their society crashing to the ground.
Let’s see why equality itself cannot be a fundamental principle. Suppose we ask the rather obvious and potentially embarrassing empirical question, “In what way are human beings equal?” Are they all the same size? The same gender? Are they all equally strong? Intelligent? Beautiful? Handsome? Healthy? Athletic? Are they all the same age? Do they all sing equally well? Spell? Draw? Dance with equal grace? Do they all work with equal diligence? Are they all equally honest? Prudent? Courageous?
Obviously not. Where’s the equality, then? If equality were a fundamental principle, it surely ought to be exceedingly evident. In geometry and arithmetic, it’s quite clear. Why not in politics?
If we can’t find equality in any particular human trait—beauty, intelligence, athletic ability—then perhaps we must dig deeper. It would seem that the only possible way to ground the equality of human beings is in the surprising assumption that they are all equally human.
That is, no matter how manifestly unequal we are in other respects, we are all equally human. That is the real foundation of real human equality. The foundation is not in equality but in humanity. And that means—here’s the great sticking point—our humanity defines and determines our equality. That is what is meant by saying that the natural law is the foundation of equality . . . .
It is unnerving that the number one virtue according to the left is “equality” and “sameness.” This is the main reason I would never buy into the ideology, which encourages tragic handicapping…