Can I dunk on Lebron? Let’s find out…
Recently we have discussed how John Stuart Mill argues against the Subjection of Women and stereotypes that are produced in society. What is important about Mil’s argument is not that he strives for total equality among all people (and genders), but that he argues for equality in opportunity among all. A woman may not be able to lift as much weight as a man on average, but if this woman is not given the chance to lift that weight, one should not make conclusions prior to proof that is given. An experiment in living is needed in order to determine facts about society in general.
During discussion the other day, we talked about competition and sports. An issue came up regarding how one defines “equal or fair” competition. If I play Lebron James 1v1, is it a pointless waste of time? After considering Mill’s ideas regarding giving one the opportunity before stating the facts, I came to the conclusion that despite the ridiculous difference in abilities, the competition is still valid because one does not truly know the outcome. The outcome can be expected, but there is a slight(SLIGHT) chance that I could even get a basket, in which case I still have the opportunity to win. After that win, though, a stereotype about my playing abilities can be made. If I then practice for years and play him again, I may improve upon my last appearance and warrant a different perception about my abilities. I think that even a competition that has a likely outcome should be played because without an open mind toward what is possible, it is difficult to fully progress and improve.
Life a few hundred years ago was not better than it is today, and that is because people were given the opportunity to change and advance. The further one goes back in history, the longer societal changes and advancements took to take effect. Now, within a decade perceptions and stereotypes and cultural norms may change rapidly, and this is because society constantly has experiments in living. You cannot find out if something or someone is better or worse until it is put into practice. For progress and advancement, all people do not have to be completely equal, they just need equality in opportunity.