Arguments Against Equality

“To my ear, it sounds as if they were promising to invent a life form that would refrain from all organic functions.”

So declares Psychologist and Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his book ‘Beyond Good and Evil’. It is a controversial idea that he is bringing to light: that the master-servant, higher-lower class system is one that is meant to stay, as an integral part of our life as human-beings, and not as animals.

We have become, in some ways, a society that is more equal than Nietzsche could have ever imagined. However, nowadays it seems that our attempts to abolish the class-system have failed, resulting in a further split between the richest of society (that is, the celebrities and CEOs) and the poorest of those people who live on the street, let alone afford the luxuries of daily living.

I, myself, would not be surprised if the latter did create their own moral value distinctions[1] so that they might turn their anger to those of higher class, those who the poor need a reason to be angry at. Giving the rich a harsher set of rules to follow leads to the rules being broken more often, and more to pick at.

So: equality, surely a word can fix this? If we stand as equals, we fight immorality as equals.

Not at all. One might not throw an attack towards another of one’s class, but that point does not negate that we are humans, not inorganic processing units.

It doesn’t take much effort to say that equality is a way out of the unstable balance of morality that a vie moderne has thrown upon us. However, that might, as Nietzsche hints in the quote, take away what it is we know as being human; each of us has our own moral-sat-nav, whether we are rich or poor, interesting in the good or the bad. It is likely to be shaped from our place in society’s chain; if one has everything one needs, materially, it is more likely that one would not have an ‘immoral’ notion to commit crimes for the point of material gain. On the other hand, those of a lower class would do such a thing, where their anger would be directed towards their masters. It is unfortunate.

Too, in the sense of having a society grow, the class-system is a vital ligament: without it, the poor would not strive to be greater, where perhaps their displeasure of the richer comes into play; the richer would not likely have any morality were they not to judge the poor and to be less as them.

[1] Concept coined by Nietzsche

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