Social Justice - Four False Assumptions
False assumption #1 is, "Gender makes no difference"
Of course no one in their right mind really believes that, but many dare to make the assumption.
I recall the story of a farmer whose horse had twin colts. As they grew, the farmer could not tell
which was which because they seemed identical in every way. He weighed them, measured them, checked
for special markings, inspected their teeth and hooves, but still could not tell the colts apart.
In desperation, he counted the hairs on their bodies. By the time he was finished, the colts were
full grown horses, but he was finally able to tell them apart. The mare had three hairs more than
Men and women are different. A man and woman can marry and have kids or men and women can have kids
without marrying. It doesn't work that way with two women or two men. There are of course heterosexual
couples who can't have children, but the partners are still undeniably different in many ways!
False assumption #2 is, "All differences are injustices."
Some Chinese have been imprisoned and forced to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week, making strings
of Christmas lights. They must fill their quota, even using their teeth, or they get nothing to eat.
Their crime? They are Christians. Fellow Christians and some human rights advocates are campaigning
to have these people set free, but no one is demanding that everyone else should be treated like these
Christians! Muslims would have no problem with the way Communists treat Christians. Most of these
prisoners are men; is that not an injustice? Shouldn't we demand that more women be imprisoned?
Some women are pretty and others --- not so much. Some students are intellectually gifted and others have
to work hard for their grades. Some inherit a fortune while others struggle to make ends meet. There
are great musicians who have to work in a factory to pay their bills and there are lousy musicians
who get millions for making noise.
In a free society, values, costs and prices are a matter of supply, demand and preference. The argument
that a woman deserves equal pay if she does the same work as a man certainly has some credibility,
but this seldom happens on our green planet, not even among people of the same gender. Socialism and
communism were supposedly designed to create equality, but some are always more equal than others.
An educated genius may be considered equal to the village idiot on the front lines of battle, but
that is where it stops.
False assumption #3 is, "We are entitled to fairness."
Entitlement is one of the greatest curses on America. Our court system is polluted with this ideology
and lawyers make a fortune off it. In the past, some African Americans were enslaved while other Americans
fought and gave their lives to free them from slavery. Modern African Americans are no more entitled
to compensation than descendents of those who fought for their freedom.
You may be legally entitled to receive a product or service that you paid for, but an agreement is only
as good as those who make and enforce its fulfillment. Some people get satisfaction while others are
denied what they want and even what they deserve. Some people get preferential treatment while others
become victims of prejudice.
Fairness would be wonderful, but no one is entitled to it and life is just not fair!.
False assumption #4 is, "Preference is okay; prejudice is not."
We are all happy with preferential treatment if we are the beneficiaries, but when someone else gets the
promotion, we cry, "foul!" Preference and prejudice are usually one and the same thing. It all depends
on how it affects you.
I was once Business Manager of a school and experienced first hand, the difference between preference
and prejudice. Teachers controlled the thermostats in their classrooms and students learned to cope by
putting on or shedding sweaters. Everyone seemed to accept that, but problems often surfaced in the
dormitory rooms, where roommates disagreed on things like fresh air and temperature levels. In the
beginning, one turned up the thermostat and the other retaliated by opening the window. Sooner or later,
I would notice and show my prejudice. I always sided with the one who liked it cooler in order to save
energy. After that, roommates learned that it was better to control their preferences and negotiate a
The founders of our great nation understood these principals and believed that the American people were
better fitted and capable of running the nation than a bunch of politicians. Government was deemed
necessary, but only to teach the people to care for their own and abide by basic and necessary laws.
They believed that the home was of utmost importance in this learning process. A harmonious marriage
between a man and a woman was the best assurance of a smoothly functioning household. If homes are
intact, schools and society will function in an orderly manner and not much government is needed.
There will be inequality, differences and injustices at times. Some citizens may be greedy and show
indifference to others. Natural calamities may cause loss and suffering, but that is where churches
and social institutions should come into the picture.
For many years, our unique Constitution was sufficient to settle most disputes. It was rare that the
Supreme Court needed to mediate and it never legislated. Government officials understood themselves
to be elected servants of the people and not arrogant, elitist despots, seeking power and personal
Our founding fathers - and I agree with them - sought freedom and equality for all. But they understood
that where there is freedom, there will be competition, and where there is competition, equality and
fairness will sometimes fall by the wayside. This is not where the government should step in, however.
This is the golden opportunity for citizens to display character, courage, generosity, and helpfulness.
People could spend a lot of time and energy arguing about whose fault it is, that our great nation is
rapidly drifting from a constitutional government to a socialistic monstrosity. Some would argue that
it is the people who make unreasonable demands, while others argue that the churches and social
organizations have failed to fulfill their role in society. Still others blame power and money hungry
politicians. I am convinced that it is a combination of all these things along with other factors too
numerous to name here.
But if we continue to live under false assumptions, there is no hope for a recovery.