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posted on 04 July 2017

Not All Men Are Created Equal!

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Two hundred forty-one years ago today, America declared independence from the British, with the publication of a famous document: Declaration of Independence.

In this document, there is a famous slogan: "All men are created equal." While the slogan was obviously very useful for America to defy the British ruler at the time (i.e. King George III), its true validity has been in question since then, with profound implications not only for America, but also for the world, to this day. It's time to thoroughly clarify it: it's false!


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In other words, not all men are created equal!

1. Declaration of Independence

Below is an excerpt from Declaration of Independence - Wikipedia.

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies,[2] then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America.

2. "All men are created equal"

Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia - All men are created equal.

The quotation "All men are created equal" has been called an "immortal declaration," and "perhaps [the] single slogan" of the American Revolutionary period with the greatest "continuing importance."[1][2] Thomas Jefferson first used the phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which he penned in 1776 during the beginning of the American Revolution.

3. Contradiction from day 1

Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia - All men are created equal - Slavery and the phrase.

The contradiction between the claim that "all men are created equal" and the existence of American slavery attracted comment when the Declaration of Independence was first published ... At that time many members of Congress, including Jefferson, owned slaves, which clearly factored into their decision to delete the controversial "anti-slavery" passage.[14] In 1776, abolitionist Thomas Day responding to the hypocrisy in the Declaration wrote, though the first draft stated "All free men are created equal": If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot, signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves.[14]

4. American history defies it!

America is a young country. Yet, its short history is fraught with a long list of conflicts concerning the slogan of "all men are created equal", with slavery being the worst example.

Specifically, when slavery became irreconcilable with the so-called "Christian values", America officially made slaves "property" (Wikipedia - Slavery in the United States).

What an arbitrary, self-serving way to deal with the blatant paradox! To no avail, America finally had to address the slavery issue with a war (i.e. the Civil War), through which more American soldiers were killed than all the other wars combined (until 2014).

For more, read: American Democracy and Discrimination.

5. Human history defies it!

First off, we are born unequal! Here is a famous quote in sports: “there is only one thing that cannot be taught or learned: height”.

Additionally, two big examples:

  1. Race matters! For example, it is widely acknowledged that the Asians are hopeless in many “real” sports (e.g. track & field and basketball), while they may excel academically.
  2. Gender matters! Men and women are different. For example, men are typically physically stronger than women and are hence more suitable for “tough” jobs such as manual labor and combat. Intellectually, however, men and women should be equal. Yet, American women were denied the voting right until 1920, thanks to the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920).

Five informative readings:

  1. Civilizations.
  2. Human Races.
  3. Religions.
  4. People.
  5. Racism and Stupidity in Modern America.

6. "All men are created equal" and democracy

The worst result the slogan "all men are created equal" has brought to America is perhaps democracy, as we know it today (i.e. one person, one vote).

What a disaster not only for America, but also for the world! The image below offers a summary.

For a holistic diagnosis of America's failing political system and the best possible solution, read my book: American Democracy - Why is it failing & how to fix it?

7. Discussion

History is written by, and about, victors.

Let's look at human history over the past 2,000 years. First, China led the world in almost everything (e.g. economy and language arts) throughout most of the first 1,800 years of our 2,017-year-old calendar. Then, the West dominated the world from 1800 to 2000, throughout which China languished. Now, China is back, big time, while the West is languishing. Therefore, it's time to re-write the history, at least the 241-year-old American history, maybe?

Here is my contribution: Human History Greatly Simplified. Additionally, three big points with regard to America:

  1. America did everything possible (e.g. two big slogans: "All men are created equal" and "We the People") to gain independence from the British, but failed to adapt over time.
  2. Today, China's system (i.e. "state capitalism" or capitalism + autocracy), with many endemic problems, is actually slightly better than America's system (i.e. capitalism + democracy).
  3. Unless America reforms its political system soon, as I have suggested, America will lose, in the coming decades, to China in the race for superiority.

To truly appreciate my points, America must profoundly understand China, its only real competitor today and tomorrow, starting with China's three key philosophical ideas in governance highlighted below.

Simply put: America is 2,000 years behind China in governance!

First of all, the two big slogans (i.e. “All men are created equal” and “We the People”) laid America on a shaky foundation. In contrast, the Chinese got it right 2,000 years ago: meritocracy is the way to go and people do not make history – The wise leaders, especially the Emperors, do.

Two more examples:

  1. The relationship between the Federal government and state governments has never been clear throughout American history, resulting in much confusion, from slavery in the early days to healthcare, public education, and gun control nowadays. In contrast, China got it right 2,000 years ago: the Emperor is the “Son of Heaven” and “All is under Heaven”.
  2. Is America the New Rome and Greece? The answer is yes. Because of that, China will out-pace and out-last today’s America for the same reason as it out-paced and out-lasted both ancient Greece and the Roman Empire some 2,000 years ago.

For more, read: Governance in China: Past, Present, and Future.

8. Closing

Not all men are created equal!

The slogan "all men are created equal" was very useful in denouncing the British ruler in 1776. But not only is it no longer useful, it has actually been deeply hurting America for a long time, resulting in a hopeless version of American democracy, as we know it today!

It's time for America to denounce this false slogan! Instead, study and learn from the older and wiser China, and surpass it by developing a meritocracy system that is color-blind. Otherwise, forget about built to last for America (The Greatest Countries in Human History)!

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