I think there are clearly variations between people that do or don't make them suitable for one thing or another. I see a distinction between that and the issue of whether or not they are mis-judged as not deserving of equality (opportunities, treatment, etc.).Immanuel Can wrote: ↑Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:10 pm So what makes us all so certain that everyone, regardless of sex, "race," intelligence, income, culture, age, health, education, wit, accomplishments, actions, lifestyle, morals, popularity, and so on are all in some durable sense unquestionably deserving of "equality"? What demonstrates the belief in "equality" to be rational? On what firm basis do we hold this confident assumption?
If you want to explore why anyone would think someone "unquestionably deserving of equality" -- are you also willing to explore why anyone would think someone unquestionably NOT deserving of "equality"? The latter seems to be the mindset that has cheated and abused all kinds of people for centuries -- so are we going to defend that pattern by forcing people to prove that there has to be a valid basis to think otherwise? Why not question the valid basis for the pattern we've been perpetuating? To use your words: On what firm basis do we hold THAT confident assumption?