I’ve spoken before about the concept of “equality” as the desired end state for a system, whether it be in a school or human society as a whole.
But what precedent is there in nature for equality as a beneficial end state for a system, wherein the individual components of that system all benefit?
Take space. We call it such because it is unfathomably empty but for a relatively minuscule amount of massive objects. Neutron stars are so densely packed that a single teaspoon taken from their surface would weigh several tons. We may consider them the “greedy billionaires” of space. From any given neutron star there might be millions of light years of emptiness.
And what if matter, as energy, were equally distributed throughout the cosmos?
That, my dear friends, is known as the heat death of the Universe. Entropy. No life, no difference in distributions, and strangely enough…no diversity, the very thing which so many champions of equality label an intrinsic good.
Such a clear, catastrophic contradiction in values betrays the “equality as ideal end state” as nothing more than an emotional longing.
Longing for what?
For those who have more than you to have less and you to have more than you currently do.
I think most would regard that as the mindset of a thief, not a hero.