Friday, June 04, 2010

The enemy of Freedom is....

I used to think that enemies were naturally opposites.  But as I become more observant, I realize that that is rarely the case (I can't think of any off the top of my head).  Batman and the Joker are enemies, but aren't they almost mirror images of each other?  Both going off the deep end because of one very bad day and making a life's career based on that day? (This is a bit simplified given the ambiguity of the Joker's actual past.)  Love and hate are really just strong passions for a certain cause, object, or person.  Superman and Batman are probably more likely opposites, apathy is the opposite of love, and today I just read in a book by Will and Ariel Durant (The Lessons of History) that Equality is the enemy to Freedom.

"Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias.  For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.  Leave men free, and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire.  To check the growth of inequality, liberty must be sacrificed, as in Russia after 1917.  Even when repressed, inequality grows; only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom; and in the end superior ability has its way."

I've always thought of equality and freedom as almost one in the same, which, given the examples above they are rightfully very similar, if enemies.  Not a lot of people realize this when they want freedom to marry anyone they want because they think that homosexuals and heterosexuals should be equal.  Is it possible to think of the two like this?  Can you logically want freedom to do one thing, while demanding equality at the same time?  It seems like people want to make what ever choice they want and have control over the consequences...this sounds like a violation of the law of agency. 

Consequences are natural and eternal, we cannot control them.  Equality can only exist when we freely choose to know and follow God's will.

1 comment:

Brenna, Aaron and Cordellia said...

Wow that is very thought provoking. I have never thought of the two as "enemies." I will definitely have to look up that book, it sounds intriguing!