While discussing the question of "self-deception," in class, an interesting question came up: what exactly do we mean, or more precisely, did the Founders mean, when they wrote "all men are created equal?"
Obviously, not everyone is created equal - everyone has a different talent or skill. So then what exactly does "equality" mean?
Does equality mean equal rights under the law? What kinds of rights?
Does it mean equal opportunity... ie... "pursuit of happiness?"
Does it mean equal wealth?
Can equality be all of these things at once? Can it be something else?
Who determines what this "equality" is?
And... relating back to the original question - does this "equality" exist in America today? Do we tell ourselves that it does? Why?
Anyway, lots of questions, few answers, but I'd like to know what you guys think.