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The word "equity" is popping up in all kinds of places.
All of the cool kids are using it. They think it makes them sound hip and cool.
The word gives me heartburn.
The problem is that the now-common use of the word imbues it with vagueness and lack of precision. Words like that are only useful to those who are attempting to be sneaky or to hide their actions and intentions.
Consider the word "Responsibility" as an example. It can mean:
- Has been given authority and will be held accountable (Chain-of-command organization)
- Has authority (Despot king or somebody with a key)
- Has the ability to perform in a certain capacity (responsible adult)
- Will be held accountable (This is the poor bastard who has been chosen to be the scapegoat)
Equity involves trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives. -Source
"Equity involves trying...." Is not results oriented. There is no objective definition of success. There is no end to "...trying..."
"...understanding...what they need..." May I posit that it is impossible to understand people. Furthermore, we do not even understand ourselves. How often have we been told the every person has their own reality and we cannot understand them. So the word "...understanding..." means that we are supposed to allow the active alcoholic to tell us what he needs.
"...and give..." Ahhh! the core of the issue. "...give..." means one thing when speaking of extending personal charity. Outside of that, that which is "...give(n)..." must be "...taken..." from others by through coercion or dishonest promises. This is the Orwellian part. "Equity" used to mean ownership and the protections civilized countries extend to private property.
The new "improved" definition of "Equity" means that those protections will be eliminated. Not only that but the fruit of your sweat and deferred consumption will be confiscated.
"...enjoy full, healthy lives..." as dabblers and dilettantes. The recipients of "equity" will never have the satisfaction of learning a difficult and valuable skill. They will never have the self-respect and dignity of going to work (or caring for their children) every day and knowing that they are a contributing member of society.
Instead, a part of them will slouch from shadow-to-shadow knowing that the world would be a better place if they were not here. They will know that everybody else will have a little less rather than a little bit more because they continue to breath.
The "...full, heathy lives..." promised by "equity" is a very stunted thing and is the opposite of what true, tough-love offers.
As he (Jesus) passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. -John 9:1-3 NAB