"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your
knees." — Dolores Ibarruri
The Special Challenge of Equality
I have asked everyone with whom I associate whether they would rather
have inferiors, superiors, or equals as their friends. Invariably the
latter is clearly preferred. Fellowship with human peers is the
acme of social fulfillment. We can love our pets, love our servants or
underlings, but our deepest, truest love can only be engendered by those
that are equal.
The prevailing and most fundamental dogma of the world's major
religions is that the Creator is inherently transcendent (read alien)
and superior to us as humans. Challenge this and you will be considered a blasphemer,
worthy of scorn and ridicule by those religious elements that are
constrained by the civil state, while others not so restrained will
consider it a duty as well as a privilege to serve "God" by killing you.
The concept of equality with the Creator gets their attention big time, and
Nevertheless, any Creator worthy of the term "God" must not be alien
to us in terms of purpose and values. Given this premise, it is only
reasonable that the creator created other beings for his fellowship and
not for some other less than noble purpose such as servitude, slavery, military
minions, or even something more nefarious. Yet, "theology" in general
schizophrenic: on the one hand striving to understand God and urging others
to do so, and on the other, generally positing that such an endeavor cannot
The challenge for the Creator, of course, was to create equals or peers. Equality
obviously cannot be created in a being or injected by another being. As soon as you
can do this—create or inject equality—you are inherently superior and any true equality
evaporates. Equality can be extended to another being, but it must be chosen by
them to be other than a farce or facade. When obvious differences exist,
equality only comes when the other, created with the potential to be
equal, CHOOSES to accept that equality when it is extended.
I have asked many red-blooded men what they would create if they were
all alone in the universe and if they had godlike creative power. The
almost consistent answer was, "A woman." The one exception was blurted out
by a man
with a playful grin, "Trouble." Unfortunately, I knew what he meant! But what
kind of woman? The next question, after the list of fantasy
specifications was elicited, is the aim of this exercise.
So, imagine you have
perfect dream of a female creature there looking at you with interest.
You have given her every desirable, enticing female physical feature and
trait with those being flawless.
You have endowed her
with eyes to get lost in, hair with an intoxicating aroma, a mellifluous voice,
pearlescent skin, graceful movement, enchanting curves and more moving
parts than a Swiss watch. You have programmed her
with intelligence, language, and all the responses you desire, even all the knowledge that you have.
Yet is this
anything more than a humanoid? Is this really a woman? No. Can you
really be in love with such a thing, no matter how complex and attractive? No. What is missing? Volition,
desire, self-esteem, and the other dimensions that make us human, of
course, and not just volition but volition enabled to be used to choose equality. Any
aspect of a fulfilling relationship is ignoble if she isn't considered
to be an equal, and can't maintain her own free will, and isn't
free to say yes OR no.
Given the above impossibility to inject equality, and the challenge to
engender it, the potential is there
for a new being or new family in the universe to NOT choose equality. Yet, it is really
not in our makeup to be underlings, and we cannot help but chafe in such
a predicament of feeling inferior. If a human being cannot be equal, he will in some way try
to be superior. Don't we all know that a superiority complex comes from
insecurity related to feeling inferior? Are we not made to be equal in
value, rights, and privileges yet with a variety of differences?
You are free to do what you want, but you are
not free to want what you
want. - Schopenhauer
Every human being has a natural, intrinsic and legitimate desire for