Guess what, guys! The author of Ideal Global Equality (that’s me) is about to get his first paper published. Woooo! I just want to take the time to thank you for taking interest in my blog. Seeing the traffic and interactions here has inspired me to work harder towards my goal.
My paper or article, if everything goes well, will be appearing in my local newspaper. They liked it so much they might take me on as a part time writer. They love my views about equality and want to see more. I’ll have to share a snippet of the paper when it comes out but for now I’ll briefly tell you what my article’s about.
In my article I stress the importance of teaching inequality in elementary school as a means of combating a host of different social problems, one of them being bullying. I believe children who are aware of inequality are less prone to make fun of others for being less fortunate.
I think it’ll be a cool read for those interested. It took me weeks to write, as there’s a lot of research involved. Once again I just want to say thank you for taking interest in this here blog. Together we can make a big change in the world. Bye for now!
In 1516, Sir Thomas More described “Utopia” as “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.”
So to answer the posed question, we may also have to answer if reaching perfection is possible. There’s a known spiritual answer to this mentioned by Wallace D. Wattles in The Science of Being Great. I’ll paraphrase here. He said everything is in a state of perfection, and because our consciousness is only human, we’re unable to see the greater good in evil. He believes it’s the viewpoint of the angels of Heaven to see everything as already in a state of perfection. Everything is the way it needs to be in order to bring about the greatest good at the end of all things. So if we use this answer to perfection, then perhaps it would be a bad thing to reach Utopia because then we’d be tampering with the final greatest good of all things.
That was the spiritual approach. A practical one might be a simple “no” answer. Everything is flawed and it’s literally impossible to reach perfection. For example, a surface that might seem perfectly smooth to us is actually bumpy and full of holes at an atomic level. We could then argue that isn’t the atom perfect? This would require a philosophical answer as I’m not even sure if it’s possible to have a flaw in an atom. Maybe a scientist could shed light on this in the comments?
Now back to our original question–is reaching Utopia possible?
Well, if it was, would we even really want it? Communism was supposed to bring about Utopia in the USSR, but as many of us don’t know this actually resulted in millions of people dying of starvation as jealous farmers ransacked the farms of all the productive farmers and the country’s production collapsed.
It’s easy to look at inequality and get mad at rich people, but the truth is these rich people used capitalism in a good way (most of the time) in order to benefit all of mankind. People like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs are perfect example of this. If your wish is to ransack the rich, then you better be careful because you could very well ruin your country’s economy by removing the best producers.
Wallace D. Wattles talks about this. He mentions how two men with exactly the same plot of land can have different farming results because one will inevitably work harder than the other. Likewise, Jordan Peterson in his Maps of Meaning lectures talks about how hierarchical outcomes are inevitable in every situation. The reason why 3% of people own 95% of all money is not because of some diabolical scheme deployed by a secret global order. The reason is seen in all forms of nature, like in book selling where some authors will dominate and others will pick up the dredges. Another example is leaves falling naturally to the earth. As a pile accumulates, there will be more at the bottom and less at the top because this is the only form a pile can take in nature.
In every situation there will be a hierarchy, hence the ancient symbol of the pyramid with the eye of Horus at the top. Jordan Peterson calls the eye simply “attention,” and proves this by posing the question: “Is it really a flood’s fault for the destruction of a civilization, or the humans’ fault for not paying attention and neglecting to build sufficient breakwaters?”
In a Utopia where everything is perfect, would there be hierarchy? Not according to communists; however, other possible Utopian solutions to inequality could potentially regulate things to promote a less intense hierarchy. So to conclude with a satisfying answer, yes, it is possible to reach Utopia so long as we lower our standards of perfection and teach the truth of why inequality persists in nature, let alone human economics. If we continue to refuse the flaws of nature, then no, Utopia is impossible.
Have you seen the The First Purge and the three movies that came out before it? As action movies they’re okay and entertaining, but as symbolism for inequality in America they’re great sources for learning.
The whole concept about The Purge movies is that American society is too violent and so to combat this, these fantasy politicians come up with the “brilliant” idea of having an annual Holly-night where all crimes are legal, including murder, for a full 12 hours. Some may think the movies deep inner meaning is about violence in human nature, but they really shed light on the effects of inequality in society.
An undertone of the movie is that “poor people are a burden to society,” even though many of the characters in the movies openly argue against this. Now before I get into if that statement is really true, let me talk about why poor people suffer more on this Holly-night of violence.
Monetary funds, of course, allow protection. We can look back at ancient times to see this. The rich could afford proper battlements on their homes and walls of stone but the poor at best would get a house of timber. Now which of these two structure you think would stand out longer during a siege? The answer is rather obvious–the rich home!
Likewise in modern society, especially for the people who don’t even have a home in the first place, the poor are more vulnerable to victimization in the event of a “purge.” This shows the effects of inequality blatantly. The rich get to go out with armored cars and machine guns purging as they please, but the poor, with knives and baseballs bats, must hide in order not to get shot. One of the movies even shows extremely rich people paying sick and dying people $100,000 to come to their house on purge night so the rich people can purge in the safety of their mansions without going out in the streets. And of course the dying person gives the money to their offspring.
Of course none of this shows how inequality even came to be in society, but it does show the effects of it very well. It also shows a common theme in reality where those who are in a situation to help others with their riches would rather lock up and continue to help themselves. Even in the case where they pay to kill a already-dying person on purge night, the trade still includes taking the life of a poor person, which is nothing close to a donation (not forgetting that some rich people do donate a lot, of course).
Now, do poor people really burden society?
To answer this question I want to mention a reason why ultra-rich people actually burden society WAY more than poor people possibly could. Forgetting that the majority of poor people actually work all the small necessary jobs needed to make society function, let’s talk about how every single major catastrophe is caused by the ultra-rich. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s a list of catastrophes caused by the rich around the world:
Cancerous toxins in food
Although it could be argued that war brings new innovations to society like space exploration and air-travel, wouldn’t you much rather live in a world without war anyways? I think if millions of people were NOT killed yearly in wars society would’ve been able to double it’s advancements by now, especially if we start this scale at the beginning of mankind…
And, sure, there are a lot of poor squatters who purposely make a life out of begging off people. Some of them are even murderers and thieves. But, with all that said, none of them could even come close to being as evil and menacing to society as the CEOs of tobacco companies or the generals of war who urge these people to “die for their country.”
Now before I go off topic even more, I want to invite you to watch the The Purge movies with an eye open for studying the effects of inequality. They allow a valuable insight into the true horrors of mankind. I think you’ll be surprised by what you see.
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