Everybody knows we live in a world of huge inequality. Indeed. But inequality in what? Where lies importance? Thus, in what should we strive for more equality?
Thus: in the currency that can be traded for any other ‘goods’: a car, a house, even a wife in (many men’s) imagination?
A strict focus on money would make an urge for ‘equality’ also a surge for objectified materialism. Even ‘the other wife’ becomes objectified, materialism-ated.
Is that OK to you?
Not to me. At one time, it struck me deeply when working as a doctor for less money-privileged patients. Then at times of election, huge numbers just voted for own money and against other people, principles, anything… Money makes the world go around till everything stops, doesn’t it.
So, striving for monetized equality?
Sure, with realistic moderation.
An already more to-the-point general currency: status.
In a world where money = status, the difference is not obvious. One ‘does it’ without thinking: the person with money can ‘boss around’ the person without. If this ‘bossing around’ is not done, it’s felt as a gift.
Which then again is OK! It’s nice to give and it’s nice to receive. A real gift is given wholeheartedly. It’s a person giving a piece of himself to another person.
A real gift is not a deal, in any way.
In my view, equality should be about status indeed. Not the one that is money or -related status, but the one that is related to ‘human (end) value’. [see: ‘Being of Value’]
We all deserve that status, although this is obviously not easy to achieve in vivo… Best is to start giving it to yourself. Paradoxically, this is of course the only way to achieve real status and yet it’s also the ‘most difficult way’ unless one is in the game of self-deception.
Different people, different statuses
Again, so obvious.
And yet people massively turn the other way.
Deep down, we – probably naturally – manage status as for instance the thing needed for erotic success. It’s as if we (humans) just cannot help it. We need status to have a workable environment that looks more or less like the present.
Then, we could change environment.
In the future, we will, as we have done in the past.
Should we then strive for an environment prone to utmost equality?
Equal-worthiness would probably be most correct, but very fuzzy.
Or: we might ‘forget’ equality altogether. See where that leads to… In my view, we should then all the more strive for worthiness and happiness, such things, in which then again money and status may play their roles, not in an urge for equality but for end-result…
Eventually, people should be able to make their own self-worthiness
but they (we) definitely need a lot of support in this.