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Equity versus Equality

Posted by admin in July 1st, 2021
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By definition equity means an equal outcome.

Equality is that both Daryl and I have value to God; equality means that we are equal under the eyes of the law; equality means than one is not better than the other.

Equity means that we have an equal outcome. If we do the same thing, we should get the same results. Let me explain…

On February 9th of this year, Daryl and I started a very strict, very rigorous, keto-style diet. Lots of lean protein and tons of vegetables—no sugar, no carbs, no fruit, no starches. Daryl had 40 pounds to lose. I have 100 pounds to lose.

In four months, Daryl not only has reached his goal, even though he modified the diet to give himself more food, more calories, and a few cheat days each month. BOOM! Forty pounds gone.

I, on the other hand, ate fewer calories than he each day (the protocol has calorie suggestions based on age, gender, height and weight). I kept the protocol faithfully. I exercised each and every day. I’ve lost 40 pounds too, but am stuck on a plateau. In fact, one week I actually gained three pounds! Hmmm….that’s not fair!

No! It’s not fair and here are the reasons why:

Daryl is a man. On average, men have more muscle mass than women allowing them to burn more calories than women each day. Men’s metabolism is much higher than that of women—on average. Also, men don’t combat fat-storing hormones the way women do.

I am a post-menopausal woman (sorry if that’s TMI). I’m over 60 years old and my body loves storing fat! I’m also a Similac baby. Many born in the 1960s are. Similac is a baby formula young mommies used to pack on the pounds of their newborns because nothing says beautiful healthy baby better than chunkiness!

So, I’m struggling to get another 70+ pounds off as Daryl goes into maintenance protocol and is allowed to eat complex carbs and introduce some low-sugar fruits into his diet. Next phase he gets starches in small amounts. Me? I haven’t had bread in 23 years!

What in the world is her point?

My point is that life is not fair and equity is not a real thing. I’ll never be a ballerina, for example. You can’t really be anything you want! Some people are too short to play basketball and some people are so tall they have to duck to walk in a doorway. Some folks will fight fat all of their lives and others never have to think about what they eat (Dr. Richard Leong!).

I’ll never be super-model beautiful, but for those who are I celebrate their beauty. At 62 and wombless I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never give birth to a baby, but I can enjoy five grandkids that belong to my husband’s children and give thanks for every hug and kiss I receive from each of them.

Our culture has taken an extreme turn for the worst. We are confusing equity with equality. Equality says that no college can discriminate against me due to my race, gender, religious beliefs or physical challenges. That’s equality. Equity means guaranteed outcomes—that I’ll get A’s regardless of my performance. If one person in class gets an A, then all get A’s. AND that is wrong.

Why is equity wrong? Because it tries to level a playing field that never should be leveled. Human beings work best and achieve more when equity is dissolved and rewards are based on achievement, hard work, self-discipline, and yes, natural ability. This is why I am not playing professional sports.

If we had true equity all Kansas City Chiefs’ players would be paid the same salary and anyone who wanted to play for the Chiefs would…regardless of ability.

Now ask me about grace. You mean God’s grace? Any kind of grace. Grace is an individual’s decision to give something out of his/her own heart. Might not be based on merit or results. Grace is a biblical concept, when workers who show up at the beginning of the work day are paid the same as those who show up just around closing. Grace is not a government issued mandate. Grace is a choice made by individuals. You can’t legislate grace just like you can’t legislate morality.

Let me try and explain it like this. You and your neighbor live in very similar homes. Let’s say they are identical. They’re the same square footage, same age, same updates, same sized yard. Y’all decide to put them on the market (surprise!) at the same time. Even used the same realtor. The houses sell on the same day. Now, equality is that you both had the right to put your houses on the market. Equality says that you can ask whatever amount for the home you’d like. Equality says that you are allowed to sell your home to whomever you want, at the price you decide, at the time you’d prefer, in the manner you choose (i.e. FSBO or a realtor)—that’s equality.

Equity says that if you sell your home for a higher price than your neighbor, then you are obliged to split the difference with him. Nothing else matters but that you get the exact same price for your houses regardless and if you don’t, then you must be equitable and split the outcome.

The bottom line is that life is not fair. Life can allow for equality, but our world goes upside down when we push for equity. In the administration of equity there is no real justice, or even fairness. Equality is an American term and even if we got it wrong in the beginning, we’ve worked hard to correct that concept over that past 245 years. Equality allows for that. Equality under the law. When our Declaration of Independence was written, it was considered mind-blowing, that anyone would write, “all men are created equal”!

It was this document that went on to inform our nation’s constitution. No other document in the history of humankind had such words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The final edition of the phrase was tweaked by Benjamin Franklin. It has been called an “immortal declaration”, and “perhaps [the] single most-important phrase” of the American Revolutionary War with the greatest “continuing importance.”

It was cried out and written on the streets of Tian ‘amen Square during the Student Democracy Movement of 1988; it was declared and preached on the streets of Paris during the French Revolution. Even in the birthing of Lithuania as a Republic it was quoted. Globally, freedom loving people have declared these words and fought for this idea – all people are created equal! Equality is an American concept. Equity is not.

Sadly, equity is a Marxist idea and if we believe it is possible here on earth to have equity, please show me a Marxist nation that has ever succeeded.

It’s important to remember, equity is an outcome, not a principle. Equality is a principle, not an outcome and when we confuse the two, a society crumbles. Hope you all have a equally Happy 4th of July! Peace.

 

For further reading on the darkness of Marxism check out these two blogs: Marx: He’s Baaaack! | terimccarthyblahblahblog and Tim Keller’s Ungenerous Justice: Cultural Marxism and the New Branding of Liberation Theology | terimccarthyblahblahblog

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58250. Carol Howell said,
July 2nd, 2021 at 9:34 pm

Excellent article and very timely.
Your clarification of equality and equity certainly spoke to our current social issues .

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58279. Carrie Bradshaw said,
July 5th, 2021 at 5:25 am

Thank you for this great explanation. The school division in which I work has created an Office of Equity and it just keeps expanding. You’ve equipped me well once again. Soon I will receive the training that tells me how terrible I am, but at least if questioned, I can have an informed response.

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58282. admin said,
July 5th, 2021 at 6:53 am

You’ve blessed me beyond words. Praying for you dear Carrie as you are on the frontlines. I’m so proud of you! Blessings sister!

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