Jeff Childers

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Jeff Childers
Posted about 2 years ago
Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?
Well, I agree that things differ, just as they relate. And while brains are very similar throughout the species, they are not in fact the same. And understanding the proteins that make up DNA, is not understanding DNA. Everyone's DNA organizes their cellular structure, and determines the size of the organs, the color of their skin, their potential for diseases and like a trillion other things. But the structure of the DNA does not change over time, it is always of the exact same construction. And during mitosis DNA utilizes something called a topoisomerase to unzip itself into two types of RNA, in order to replicate itself to ensure it pervades every cell it creates. However, when we aren't thinking about the fact that DNA has always" known" what we look like , we can objectively notice that all humans do not look specifically alike, they definitely do not think identically, and they are certainly not motivated by exactly similar moral guidelines. And all of that is true, thus there is truth to the statement, "humans differ as individuals throughout their species.", however what my initial post was alluding to, was that we choose to differ from each other, and we can choose to relate to each other., or we can relate to our environment, or our universe or our solar system, or a blade of grass. It is this quality of selfless observation that makes science culture religion and society possible. Because your question was in regards to whether or not something like fairness was possible, I though it would be prudent to point out that it is not only possible, but it exists constantly in every aspect of nature and reality we as humans experience. It is a lie that unfairness is even acceptable, and that lie is borne of the fear we all feel when we are made to face our ignorance. Wherein we have to choose what we believe in before we can begin to search for its "realness". And your question implies the opposite.
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Jeff Childers
Posted about 2 years ago
Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?
I think the answer to your question is resoundingly yes. Equality is very feasible. And yes it is synonymous with fairness. However, I also think it is important to clarify a few things. Humans are all human, we all posses the same brain and almost identical DNA. But more philosophically, we are all in the same predicament. That being, none of chose to exist, it is simply what happened to us. None of us chose what family to be born in, or what environment to experience. So whether you argue nature or nurture (and you should be arguing both simultaneously), you cannot argue equality, because equality exists intrinsically in the universe. Balance is the nature of reality, be it from the perspective of Taoism or super symmetry. That said, what you should be asking is: "is inequality feasible? And if so is inequality synonymous with unfairness?" Because the truth is, humans created inequality around the time they created judgement, and judgement is nothing more than an indication of profound ignorance.
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Jeff Childers
Posted about 2 years ago
What's your million-dollar idea to change the world?
If I had a million dollars I would use it to start a program that would reinvent the system currently utilized for interviewing foster parents to be. As an adult that lived his life within the system I have experienced various different foster homes, group homes, and even residential treatment centers, and what I have found, is that in all of these circumstances, myself and my peers were simply accused of being damaged, and treated as such. But what we are never treated as, is equal. And we are rarely loved. We are given the shadow of a family. I say shadow, because a foster parent cannot sign a field trip permission slip, or put you on their car insurance. My foster parents, and many others I've heard, are prone to sending their foster children to stay at another foster home while they take their family on vacation. In the foster homes I lived in I was mostly made to do yard work and gardening and cleaning projects, while the biological children of my foster parents were allowed to play. I ate Peanut butter and jelly while they ate pizza. But none of that really phased me. What did hurt, and what still hurts today, is that no one ever told me they loved me. Nobody ever went out of their way to get me to believe in myself, instead they told me I was damaged, and they treated my like I was sub human. If I dealt with my torture filled past admirably, my therapists would accuse me of being in denial. If I fought with my siblings, we were sent to separate homes. If I received detention at school, or I didn't get good grades I was threatened with being sent away. These are things that burn the soul, and although all things heal with time, once a scar is formed it is always remembered. Our social welfare system, as it relates to child care, and especially foster care, is flawed. It needs to be understood that there is no benefit in taking a child away from physically abusive parents, only to hand them off to emotionally abusive strangers.