Friday, March 20, 2009

One of the most precious sayings of America is that we believe "all men are created equal." I know the reverence we hold this saying in, but I think (As C. S. Lewis has kindly informed me) that it is a legal fiction, useful only for the courts.

When we think about it, do we really believe all men are created equal? Is everybody capable of being a star quarterback? Can everbody swim like Michael Phelps? Can we all dance? Sing? Are all of us just as good looking as the actors we watch on the big screen? No.

But then again, wouldn't life be very, very boring if we all were superbly good looking, amazingly athletic and had the brain of Einstein? Yes! I think God was wise enough to create a world in which everybody was different. Our personalities and skills make for an interesting world where we can meet people similar and different from us. Just imagine, if everybook had the same characters, same plot line, same setting, and same resolution, we'd be bored out of our minds! Same with people, since we are different, we don't get bored.

Aren't we all grateful to the wisdom of the One who created us different?


Elenatintil said...

I get what you are trying to say, but for the sake of discussion I'm going to throw out that there is a differance between "Same" and "Equal". Of course we are not all the same, or able to do the same things. As you said, that would be a horribly boring world!

The idea of equal is something differant, however. The concept that no one is born with the right to be "socially higher" or "better" than another person. That is a man-made institution. God gives some people the task of governing others, but he never wants them to think that they are superior to another person. And I'm going to refer to the bible verse that I know you know, that there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave or freeman, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.

max said...

Yeah, I think that is a clarifying clarification. (haha) Of course, we will never get to a social state where everyone is completely equal. We will always have the poor and the rich...