Say it with me, “I am not as good as you”. With the right understanding, internalizing this idea is not only therapeutic, but it’s promotion may just save our nation from the path we are currently on of destroying the principles of ambition and success to arrive at the lowest common denominator. Allow me to explain.
To start, I wish to point out that I could have just as easily started with “You’re not as good as me”. However, since it seems to be human nature to accept and even relish in ones own strengths and abilities, it is the envy and insecurity of the lack of ability, or inferiority, in comparison with another that provides the foundation and drive from which this damning movement stems.
Today I finished reading C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”. In it (specifically “Screwtape Proposes a Toast”) Screwtape, a leading demon in hell mentions that while democracy correctly refers to the political ideal that men should be equally treated, Satan and his demons seek to use envy and an insecurity of inferiority to transition it into a factual belief that all men are equal, thus manipulating the meaning of “democracy”.
As written by Lewis, Screwtape states:
The claim to equality, outside the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior. What it expresses is precisely the itching, smarting, writhing awareness of an inferiority which the patient refuses to accept.
And therefore resents. Yes, and therefore resent every kind of superiority in others; denigrates it; wishes its annihilation. Presently he suspects every mere difference of being a claim to superiority.
Screwtape then points out that with such a mindset, those who might otherwise achieve success or excellence can be shamed and discouraged to do so:
Under the same influence, those who come, or could come, nearer to a full humanity, actually draw back from it for fear of being undemocratic.
Screwtape then illustrates how this ideal plays out in the classroom:
The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic’.
All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway the teachers – or should I say nurses? – will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching.
Finally Screwtape summarizes the end result of this false manipulation of “democracy”:
For ‘democracy’ or the ‘democratic spirit’ (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, morally flaccid from lack of discipline in youth, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and soft from lifelong pampering.
Before I’m demonized by politically correct liberals, I wish to declare my belief that God loves all His children equally and wishes them all happiness. This, however, does not mean we must ignore the obvious truth that some are more talented or gifted, in some (or many) ways, than others. The bible (1 cor 12: 14-25) teaches the principle that while our differences will lead us to play different roles with relative differences in apparent honor or nobility, we can each be secure and find success and significance in the role we play. In other words, while the waterboy may not have the skill or enjoy the fame of the quarterback, he can still be a successful waterboy, happy in the significance of his role in the team.
(My Mormon friends and others may also benefit by studying Abr. 3: 17-19)
Recently and currently, liberals have undertaken a campaign to flatter the lazy or those who otherwise seek the shelter of reparations of victimization to believe that those who have achieved success or excellence must be burdened and stripped of the fruits of their accomplishments until everyone else can feel equal and believe “I’m as good as you”. For those who might not realize it, I’m referring to all you “tax the rich, spread the wealth, Sí se puede, Obama is the Messiah” people. In word and principle, the promotion of liberal ideals kills initiative and makes success and excellence shameful and burdensome as a sacrifice to protect the sensitivities of those insecure of the role they play in society.
As stated in “An Inconvenient Book” by Glenn Beck, emphasis is falsely applied to the Declaration of Independence. Instead of reading “all men are created EQUAL”, we should read, “all men are CREATED equal”. For as Beck states, “Every man is created equal. It’s what you do with it from there that makes the difference…we control our own destiny.