by Robert Arvay
Perhaps the most famous of all fictional statements regarding equality comes to us from George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The animals, of course, were symbols for people.
Perhaps the most famous nonfictional statement on this topic is, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The first quote, the Orwellian statement, is classic in that it demonstrates the duplicity of those who profess to believe in equality, but who are in fact supremacists, believing themselves to be superior to ordinary people, superior not in skills and virtues, but rather, in their entitlement to rule. The very word itself, “equality,” is distorted by them to mean its opposite. Such verbal inversions are yet another Orwellian device used for deceit and tyranny (see his novel, 1984).