Most people want equality – or so they think anyway. Ideologically, nearly all of us want it, but practically none of us really want it. Not convinced? Of course you aren’t. You don’t want to admit it. None of us do. But why?

We like to think we want equality because it makes us feel better about ourselves – a bit selfish, don’t you think? Why don’t we truly want equality? Well, it is simple: because equality is equal opportunities for everyone. If we had genuine equality, our quality of live would be reduced. This is especially prevalent as we live in a developed country.

The easiest way to explain this is with an example.

At the moment, women are statistically less likely to get high-paid jobs. A lot of men might want the world to be a meritocracy and for women to get equal job opportunities, but in reality why would men want that? If women can get higher paid jobs as well, there is more competition, so men are less likely to get a high-paid job. It is counter-intuitive to lessen our own prospects, and we are human, which means we are selfish.

If you say you truly want equality, you are either deluded or not human.

No-one would be prepared to forgo their quality of life to give others the same opportunities.

So, we really might think we want equality, but we don’t – not truly.

Equality is a good thing to strive for, but ultimately it is unachievable. That will never change. Feeling a bit depressed now? Probably a good thing… It shows you are as a good a person as a human ever can be.

Verdict: idealistic dream

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