A very interesting view of social justice and the eternal quest to make ours a far better and more equal society in Gary Johns’ opinion piece published in the Oz today i found myself nodding in agreement when I read it:
Johns makes a very good point about competing advocacy and its influence on governemnt priorities but I particularity agree with what he says about successful people and the education outcomes of their children and the public heath matters hit the nail well and truly on the head. I just can’t help wondering why the silvertail socialists, like our learned friend, are so incapable of appreciating that some social problems might just be unsolvable and all of the hand wringing and the search for some evil successful people to blame for the woes of others is entirely futile. As a species human beings have a huge difference between individuals. Not just in our appearance but also in our abilities and ambitions. Not everyone wants to be a rocket scientist or an entrepreneur, a lawyer or a doctor. Some people are content to just live a very ordinary life free from anything even coming close to strong ambition. Without that can you imagine a world where everyone had to have a degree for even the most mundane employment?
Imagine having to have a PHD in Ditchology just to wield a shovel for the plumber, or that plumber needing to be a qualified hydraulic engineering graduate just to unblock a septic tank in-flow. Then there is the not insubstantial issue of payment for work done they tried the low pay for everyone under the now fallen communist regimes of eastern Europe and look how that turned out. The result was a lack of any real incentive to do a good job or to make a decent product. No social equality is not about equal outcomes for every individual its about each individual having and the opportunity (should they desire ) to become what they want and to live their lives as they please. We are not perfect achieving this equality of opportunity but I reckon that we don’t do to badly.