Liberté, egalité, fraternité

FIRST THOUGHTS


This is the tagline of my blog, the origin of which seems to be the French Revolution. And in fact are there these, plus other aspects of our lives so important that we would give up our lives rather than be without? Now there are moments of course when you might be ready to do that, gi ve up your life inorder to be free for example. ” Live free or Die, ” isn’t that what they say in New Hampshire?

I’ve always wondered just how real was this expression. Do people in NH actually do this? Or was it just another one of those countless mantras, words of phrases, that we hide behind inorder not be found, or rather not to be found out?

Now take the three of them, freedom, equality and fraternity? I would say no , they are not of equal import (my personal choice going to fraternity) and they might be better off if we separated them in our hearts and minds, as it were, the ones from the others, in order that the truths and lies of the ones not be confused with the untruths, the lies, with the truths of the other. Because all three are both true and false as just about everything else in this world. All three have their own Bell Curves.

Take the one, equality, the one about which perhaps the most scholarly treatises have been written. From all that I’ve read no one seems to know what the word means, not even Thomas Jefferson who did write mysteriously in 1776, that all men were created equal. Yeah sure.

There are of course many equalities, there are the equality of this or that or the other thing Also inequality, not equality, has been pretty much the norm since the onset of civlization some tens of thousands of years ago. Even today what to do about inequality still baffles us. The greatest failing of the Founding Fathers was to have run away from this subject as fast as they could. They were all slave holders, that is those who considered slaves, people, as their own. Also they probably sensed that there was nothing they could do, unless they happened to be followers of Christ and gave up their shirt to the poor. I don’t think anyone of them did, but I could be wrong about that.

Now this is not a book I’ m writing, just beginning (again) to put down on “paper” a few of my thoughts. I take much of the following thinking from an article by Andrew Sullivan (long a “see you next Friday’ writer from New York Magazine), The Logic Of Bell Curve Leftism.

And if there ever was a truth teller it’s Andrew. In this article, he’s telling us th e truth about equality of intelligence (there isn’t any), a subject this has been mostly avoided in my life time by writers to keep themselves from being struck down and banished from the guest list of New York, the Hampshires, and Washington DC social gatherings, from all those who seem to want to go on believing that intelligence no less than wealth can be evenly distributed among the population. It can’t.

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