And really, what do we mean by equality? Everyone created equal, equal opportunity, equal rights, equal education, equal sweetener, no wait, I use Splenda® now. I mean, we don't mean equality as in everyone looks alike, talks alike, acts alike. If everyone is truly equal, then we wouldn't all live in the same sort of house, wear the same sort of clothes, drive the same sort of cars, use the same sort of Mac, er, computer. No matter the outward circumstances and opportunities, we are each of us individual, with a unique soul, unique aspirations, talents, challenges.
So, what would equality look like?
Picture a small community made up of almost equal halves men (49%) and women (51%). The average age in town is about 40 years. Old enough to know better, young enough to still have the energy to really live life. The median income isn't high at $23K, but the cost of living is reasonable. The median home price is around $38K.
There isn't a high premium placed on education: While 77% of adults over 25 have completed high school, only 9% have gone on to acquire a bachelors or higher degree, or professional degree. But life isn't too bad. The unemployment rate is only 8%, and those worker bees only have to travel an average of 21 minutes to get to work.
Living in equality seems to inspire romance. Over 60% of adults are married, and only about 12% are divorced, the same percentage who have outlived their loved one. The crime rate is pretty low: just one robbery, two assaults, three burglaries and a larceny in a recent year, but sadly, there is one registered sex offender even in this happy bunch.
There's no hospital in town, but the nearest one is only 10 miles away. It's not a teaching hospital, though -- the closest college is 41 miles away.
Opinions are about evenly divided in the political arena. In the last presidential election, the town split almost 50-50 between Bush and Kerry.
Living in equality doesn't prevent natural disasters. The 1997 Flood of Equality helped bring the community together. Everyone helped pile sandbags around the Catholic church and homes in Equality. Despite their small town spirit, it doesn't seem to be very popular to live in Equality. There was an estimated drop of 4.6% in the population's numbers between the 2000 census and 2006.
With a 66% greater historical tornado activity than the overall US average, I've no desire to move to Equality, IL.
As Henri-Frédéric Amiel said: "Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness." Perhaps there is a higher standard of living with Justice for All.