The main cause of inequality is the fact that people aren’t equal.

An unpopular opinion, I know.

Many believe that inequality is unnatural and immoral, and that equality can be achieved. Others, believe inequality is natural and amoral and that equality (except by force of the state) cannot be achieved.

What do you think?

 

 



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  1. From a Christian point of view we all need to consider the equal value of all of God’s people. That is a non – negotiable equality.

    The problem for the world the bar upon we measure equality or success is forever changing.

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  2. It is one of the fundamental failures of explaining Islam to the West. That is because Muslims are trying their level best to say that Islam fits squarely with the ideas of French egalitarianism and simply doesn’t.

    Islam does not teach that we are equal, no two men are equal, no two women are equal.

    However, we do have to be cautious not to go to another extreme of elitism. In Aftab Malik’s book ‘The Broken Chain’ he used the verse ‘no soul will have a burden on it greater than it can bear’ to argue that ‘not even the souls are equal’. You have to wonder how we would give Dawah to people exposed to the Hindu Caste system with this type of thinking.

    I like Jordan Peterson and his robust replies to feminism and liberalism, however, he is a person that is not subtle about the idea that some people are intellectually superior to others. A person can quickly bring up a point about those who are retarded or in today’s language ‘mentally handicapped’

    I would caution people that go down that road. That certain phenotypes are more intelligent than others. There are just so many other variables. For example, recently you cited some studies about the Ashkenazi Jews. Are these test scores really indictive of their phenotypes or other social factors?

    In my life, I have observed that the so-called ‘elite’ are often people who are coddled and psychosomatically reinforced day in and day out how the ‘world belongs to you’. If we were to juxtapose this to someone who believes (for whatever reason) that the system is rigged against them. The odds are set against them, and they live in a society where they are likely to face a massive amount of discrimination I wonder what that does to a person psychosomatically.

    How might that affect their test scores?

    Are their benefits to growing up with a two-parent family as opposed to a broken home where the single mother is working two jobs?

    Just something to think about it.

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  3. It depends on what sense you define inequality. If you mean that some people are smarter than others or better skilled in some areas than others; that much is true. That being said there is also biological inequality such as that men are generally physically stronger than women.

    The question is whether or not such distinctions are all that important considering that there is the potential for those who are weaker in those regards to improving and even defeating their former superiors. I think that primaquran made a good point about the caste system where such distinctions are set on the basis of social distinctions which are continuously reinforced via their continued implementation. If you did a study today amongst the various castes, that study may produce the results that reflect the ideas which underpin that policy but the more pertinent question would be if that system in fact engendered such distinctions to exist and could it be possible that these things could be reversed given the right circumstances?

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