Equality is a big enough concept to dominate an entire letter of the alphabet, I feel, so I give it that high distinction, but here in my insular world, I don’t speak of social justice or racial inequities or other inter-personal dealings, but equality in ones internal judgements, equality in one’s feelings.
Does one give proper preponderance of whatever things, or does one flail headlong into the fray? Just this morning I did an impulse buy, however charitable it may have been, as it relates to gift for a young relative. Nonetheless, I put the hammer down and made the buy happen less than an hour after having the idea.
From zero to Nero.
Cloak yourself and remain in the company of only close associates till this miasma passes from the air, Claudius, lest you should find yourself strangled in your bed, and you a spirit, looking down on some hulking gladiator watching the eyes of your lifeless body glaze over.
We cannot force equality, cannot mandate it, or legislate it, properly, cannot create equality artificially, when the founding fathers suggested equality as a gift from God, and other rights also bestowed by the Creator. All of these good ideals, virtuous notions, have consequences and we would struggle to make everyone fit the mold, or pass through the headway into some kind of Utopian promised land of legislative good intentions.
But we could try, and make adjustments, the same way these budgetary matters work for two years or so, then its all recession for a few years, then another peak, and then another valley, again and again, and still we put on a button or a trucker cap with a slogan and we push that right on and on, when for a certainty, no agenda survives without incremental adjustments. Reagan policies made high water for a time, but then caused a recession. Likewise on the other side, over-regulation can crush the works after a stretch of a period.
WW2 and the Space Program are taken as ideological nationalist victories by people on the right, where actually it was a victory of partnership between government and industry, ala the left, with vast investment by the government. But the new paradigm is to subsidize solar panels marketed to consumers, even with a buzzword for failure(Solindra), so that political hay may be made by opponents, but what cannot be denied is that the government undertaking was done with the best of intentions, if executed badly.
The old way was to make the government a customer, to fund development and then actually order so many units for official purposes. Jeeps, bombers, Browning automatic rifles, and canned cheese for the MRE program. Semiconductors for spacecraft usage, and supercomputers for astronomical calculations. Need drove R&D, demand, instead of an ideal, a wish that everyone would consider abortion and then buy a solar panel.
Or better yet, get a voucher for the solar panel, and then a tax credit, nevermind that the production of the device was subsidized, so that in fact, in the long run, just as listed here the government will have bought the same single unit THREE TIMES.
But do you fear death? I don’t think about it, inasmuch as I try to avoid it, not avoid the thinking about it, but avert the actually happening.