Is there equality in nature or not? The answer is complex. Nature has no favourites and every plant and every animal has to fend for itself to survive. In that sense, there is equality in nature. But, no two plants and no two animals are the same. Each has its own strength and weakness, with exposure to its own set of opportunities and threats. In that sense, there is no equality in nature.
Every human being, like every plant and animal, is unique, with its own set of strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Every human being also has imagination: they can imagine having more strengths and opportunities, and less weaknesses and threats. They can imagine a world where everyone, no matter what their strengths and weaknesses, gets access to the same opportunities, and protection from the same threats. This imagination establishes the ‘mythology of equality’. When the experienced world does not match up to this imagined world, we get upset. We demand changes in the world. We yearn for messiahs. We yearn for revolution.
But, humans can also imagine the world differently. They can imagine themselves as special, better than others, and yearn to dominate over others or be feared or respected by others. This imagination is the ‘mythology of inequality’ that makes one feel privileged. It is what drives people to compete and be successful. It is what prevents people from sharing, for ‘when I have more wealth or knowledge or power, I can dominate’. To dominate feels good.
Wisdom lies in looking beyond the body at the soul and realising that the soul within us and within all those around us is the same.