Egalitarianism

Egalitarianism

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Egalitarianism highlights equal rights, so everyone is equal which means all of us recognizing other people’s plights and other people’s extremes.

Firstly, you have only got to look at this picture above from the protests in Bangkok. The multicolored group, neither red nor yellow, were trying to highlight the plight of the rural protester. They expressed they are not educated enough to accept democracy and the new rule of the new government. In many ways, it could be true. However, why are others just poking fun at them? In Thai society, shouldn’t everyone have equal rights and a right to a proper education? Why is there Elitist thinking? And, why is there such a divide? Society can never come together if people do not trust or respect the other.  

Furthermore, in Thailand where nearly half of the workforce are women, you can ask, do women have an equal role? Are there equal amounts of women and men in the Government? Although the Thai constitution specified that women and men have equal rights, the challenge is the gap between words and reality. We see that gender stereotypes usually prevail and traditional beliefs do not really change.

Secondly, look at the next picture below. What can you see? Who would you say is normally the abuser?

In our Utopian model, everyone would be seen as equal so the image as man the all-powerful being would hopefully weaken.

Finally, in all these examples, our egalitarian message here is to highlight the divide that many countries put themselves in that sees rich people in a country within which there are other citizens in abject poverty. Here, emphasizes a class divide that has no real hope of narrowing.  Education failing and Governments are slow to make real change. This is why we think a Utopian idea, where Governments either by way of tax, salary rise for the poor, create a climate where pop stars, TV stars, and basically half talented nobodies are put on a pedestal as idols and real people whose value has far more worth to society made to be heroes. It means methods do not let the rich get richer and richer without bearing some of the weight of a nation’s poverty. We can all live on an equal basis.

We can start to appreciate the better values and morals in society. We can further recognize male superiority has been an undeniable trait of humanity.

Hopefully, all this would create a society that helps those at the lower strata of life and supports progressive changes for women.

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I am not saying Egalitarianism is the best idea. We have got to have people who are better writers or sportsmen, for example. Thailand winning the world cup would be excellent. I would rather make you look at life, your country, and the world and put egalitarianism into context for its positive effects. Would you rather have a women pilot or a man? Why is it America still has never had a woman president? In an equal society, men are equal to women. So, there would be no violence against women.  John Locke, the famous philosopher, held the view that each person should have equal basic moral rights and natural rights. When you buy a house both the buyer and seller agree on a price, why can’t we do this with other things? Salaries, in modern democratic societies, we are talking about the greater degree of income that people have and trying to make it more equal.

Is there ‘Egalitarianism’ in this world? A few thoughts.

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Is equality the highest social value?

First of all, let’s give you the meaning of equality and egalitarianism. The dictionary says ‘equality’ is: The state or quality of being equal. Whereas, the dictionary says ‘of egalitarianism’: a social and political philosophy asserting the equality of all men, especially in their access to the rights and privileges of their society.

Question:

Can you think of any English premier league footballer and their salary?

Can you think of another occupation and their salary?

Who did you think of?

So, maybe you knew the first one and thought it was a high salary, but the second one not straight away and certainly not the same salary. The first footballer I thought of was Mohamad Salah. He is a premiership football player in England playing for Liverpool. My other thought was as a teacher. My first question to you would be about Salah’s salary? The second, how about a teacher?

How much do you think Salah earns?……

How much does a teacher earn?….

Salaries:

Well, it is reported Mohammad Salah’s salary is at 200,000 pounds a week. If I were to make a comparison with salaries, an example would be a starting salary of a teacher in England. This is between £25714 and £32157 a year. So, we see that Salah earns 7 or 8 times more a week than a new teacher in England does in a year. My question would be is this equality?

Teacher’s value:

So, what is a teacher’s value to society compared with a football player? Does the football player deserve to be put up in front of us as this idol and for kids to want to be like them? And, isn’t the teacher someone who bores us and keeps us from having fun all day? That may not be the case but I’m sure not many children enjoy going to school. Why do we not hold teachers up as idols?

Okay, another question for you.

What do you think of when I say the words Sydney, Australia?

Sun, beaches, sport, and shrimps on the barbies!

News Headline:

Now, if I said the newspaper headline “children found starving in Australia’” would you believe me? Many wouldn’t. The fact is there are children in remote indigenous communities who are starving.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/children-found-starving-in-rural-australia-2043566.html?action=Popup

Aborigines life:

Kathy Marks’ report in the Independent newspaper talks about rural Aborigines (the indigenous people) in Australia. The parents don’t work. Children hardly go to school. Children are left to wander at nighttime while their parents go and get drunk. In a situation so bad, a Red Cross style relief was needed. These are forgotten people. The Australian government spent more money on benefits, and so on, per aboriginal person than it did per non-aboriginal, but even so, there was still a huge amount of poverty and associated problems in aboriginal communities. A lot of aboriginal citizens still could not get the benefits they really need. Their trust in the Government and belief in getting out of their situation diminished leaving their children starving. We see the gap between Australians and the Aborigines as massive.

The point to these aspects of society I have just written about is to highlight inequality and the rights of people. Has the kind of society we live in now lost its values?

10 of each:

I could ask to you name 10 modern-day football players, pop stars, or movie stars. Then ask you to think of 10 well-known modern-day writers, world renowned teachers, or philosophers. I am sure the former question would be easier.

Value system:

It could be said that in most countries our value system these days sees aspects like wealth, power, and fame as number one, and real values like equal rights, peace, freedom and self-expression, and recognition of others pushed further down the ladder for progress.

So, will we all ever be considered equal?