Monday, February 24, 2014

The Inequality of Harrison Bergeron.....

Equality is much in the news these days.  Inequality is all that some politicians want to talk about.  If it is equality of opportunity that is the goal, I say go for it and God bless you.  If equality of outcome is what is sought, well - be careful what you wish for.  Kurt Vonnegut showed us how to accomplish that back in 1961 his wonderful short story, Harrison Bergeron.  Faithful readers of this blog will remember that this short story has been promoted before.  Some things need to be read more than once.  Full short story is here.    Opening paragraph is here:

"THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General."

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