Essay by skyfox01High School, 11th gradeA, May 2004

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Many past and existing human societies have listed equality either as a fundamental aspiration or as an achievement. However, no such claim is free of detractors or critics, and the lack of demonstrable progress toward equality among humankind is truly remarkable. Even as these founding books of the Society are being written, the debate about whether it is possible for equality between individuals to exist at all, let alone whether or not it has ever been achieved in any form of human society, remains open. In the light of that long lack of success, no discussion of the views of the Society of HumanKind on the subject can be either simple or short.

On this issue the Society of HumanKind rests on the Axioms and Dogma. The First Axiom says that chance accounts for the origin of our species. The Treatise on Knowledge extends the application of that Axiom to include the range and nature of the characteristics and attributes of humanity.

Such absolute uncertainty about both our origins as a species and our attributes as individuals leaves the Society with no basis for any assumption that mere common membership of the human species implies, or gives rise to, equality between individuals. The Society must therefore find its ground or justification for equality elsewhere.

The First Axiom gives rise to the Principle of Unity which states that, during our mortal lives, we can have no independent standard or measure of the relative worth of individuals. However, the Second and Third Axioms and the Principle of Peace derived from them give us the prospect of being able to make just such judgements, if only in retrospect, in the immortal era that will follow the achievement of the Aim of the Society. Achievement of the Objective of the Dogma will put humanity...