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                         Reality and Truth
An Imagined Discourse in a Democracy

Socrates
 – You say ‘the world is not fair’. How is the world not fair?
Citizen – There is inequality in so many facets of our lives.
Socrates – Why do you think that is so?
Citizen  Because the wealthy control our lives.
Socrates – Do the wealthy not create businesses and pay wages to workers?
Citizen – Yes, of course.
Socrates – Why do you not create your own business?
Citizen – Because I’m not wealthy, old man!
Socrates – Why are you not wealthy?
Citizen – Because I had not the money to go to college for higher education.
Socrates – Are there not business owners without college educations?
Citizen – Well, yes, I’m sure there are.
Socrates – So, why do you not create your own business?
Citizen – I have not the knowledge nor the money to create my own business.
Socrates – So, can you not study and get the knowledge to create your own business?
Citizen – I don’t understand the development and marketing aspects of business.
Socrates – Do you believe then that intelligence can be a factor in business?
Citizen – Yes, of course, I believe that.
Socrates – Then, can we say that people have different learning abilities, that some people are more intelligent than others?
Citizen – Sure, I believe that is obvious.
Socrates – Would it not be reasonable to assume then that not all people are created equal in terms of intelligence and ability?
Citizen – Yes, that would be reasonable to assume.
Socrates – Could we not further assume that ‘equality’ is an unattainable goal?
Citizen – Sure sounds that way… But there are people who are poor and without these abilities. Some are infirm and cannot work at all. What about these people?
Socrates – An excellent question. What, indeed, about these people?
Citizen – It seems to me a civilized world needs to recognize the needs of these people and care for them.
Socrates – A noble sentiment! And, what about the group among the needy who would take advantage through fraud of this largesse?
Citizen – There most certainly would need to be a ‘fail safe system’ built into any program that addressed this issue.
Socrates – So, it would seem in many areas of a democracy that ‘equality’ is a noble thought but not an attainable goal. Our dialogue further implies that hard work and effort can lead one to her/his success in life…

Billy Ray Chitwood

14 comments on “Reality and Truth

  1. D.L Finn, Author says:

    Merry Christmas Billy:)

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    1. Merry Christmas, Denise & Family! ♥♥♥

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  2. Nice job, Billy Ray.

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    1. Thanks, John. HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ♥♥♥

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      1. And to you, Billy Ray

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  3. eden baylee says:

    That was an entertaining conversation, Billy Ray. 🙂 xox
    eden

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    1. Thanks, sweet lady…just trying to make sense of our ‘new world’… ♥ox♥

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  4. Jennie says:

    Well done, Billy Ray. Merry Christmas to you.

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    1. Thank you, dear Jennie. All my best wishes for the HOLIDAYS! HAPPY, HAPPY! ♥

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      1. Jennie says:

        You are most welcome, Billy Ray. 🙂

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  5. markbierman says:

    This post is certainly thought-provoking. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Billy!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Mark. All best wishes for you and your family at this HOLIDAY SEASON! ♥

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