I’ve come to the conclusion, that, while equality is a noble and necessary pursuit, it is also one that is fraught with danger and susceptible to the temptations of despotism. Because activism is as much a faith as it is a political activity or social movement. It has its own dogmatics, its own evangelists, and a penchant toward extremism that any recognized religion might have shown throughout history. The pursuit of a broad and ill defined concept of equality is as exclusive in its imposition as the gospel. In the same way that Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the father except through him, social activism places any who will not submit to whatever particular notion of what equality is that prevails onto the wrong side of the moral divide.
Activism inhibits the practice of evidence based social care, putting roadblocks in the way of the practice of loving your neighbor as both individuals and a community. It requires the diminishment of difference and a commitment to coercive pogroms to flatten the topographical nature of a multi-cultural society in order to achieve a “civilization of equality.”
When one realizes that the pursuit of equality that is not tempered by an overriding commitment to the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of both communities and the individuals that make up them that we ostensibly built our society on, much of our demands for special treatment couched as equality can turn to bitterness in our mouths.
What good is the “Unum” without the “Pluribus.”