CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 16 December 2017

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Coming to terms with equality

New Year thought: we are not equals. I know this may be disturbing, but this is a truth that has been conceived by many revolutionaries of various kinds: we are not and we cannot be equals. 

The Brazilian thinker, Plinio Correa de Oliveira, in his seminal book, Revolution and Counter revolution, has affirmed, “Pride leads to hatred of all superiority and, thus, to the affirmation that inequality is an evil in itself at all levels, principally at the metaphysical and religious ones. This is the egalitarian aspect of the Revolution.” 

Certainly, we are all equal before God, in the eyes of God, but not among ourselves. 

This lack of hierarchy, of precedence, of respect for cultural, artistic, intellectual elites has brought us to the cultural disaster we are now living in. 

This idea has also entered the realm of the Catholic Church, destroying a natural order that was reigning for centuries. 

In a book about equality, Martin van Creven says, “Where there is no equality there can be neither justice nor liberty. On the other hand, equality itself is not without its dangers. Should it be pushed too far, it can easily reach the point where it limits, or even eliminates, both liberty and justice.” 

We are now in this second phase, pushing the pretension that everyone, regardless their cultural upbringing and background, has the right to an opinion. 

Giacomo Leopardi, the philosopher and father of the great Italian poet, Monaldo Leopardi, has also affirmed, “Therefore equality is also a lie peddled of modern philosophy, and men are not equal, but rather unequal in order and arrangement of nature.” 

Everyone should have the right to an opportunity, not the right to success or to be a protagonist where one is not deserved.  

Aurelio Porfiri