Alain de Bottom discusses an important point on the overall debate about inequality. Since we live in a rationalized and completely humanized world, we claim success as truly our own achievement. Logically, failure is also completely our own fault. But is this really true?
This question is important, because it results in the way we see society and we believes inequalities exist. If we believe the poor are poor because they were not able to get rich, yes, because they were lazy and therefore they deserve their situation, then we do not need a social system. If we however, think that some people are more lucky than others, and those who were not that fortunate deserve help, then again we will be making a strong point for a social system.
Looking at the debate about inequality within the US or globally, one can see that at this fundamental point the opinions differ substantially.
This may look funny, trivial and for some stupid, but it actually points to a really different philosophy. One is about providing equal opportunity and the other about providing equal outcome. Of course, in the case of tallness, which is clearly not someones fault, this is easy to measure, but there is other factors to discuss. What about effort? Motivation? Do you wanna provide free education for everyone for example or only to the best?
Providing equality in society is actually harder than it seems at first look…