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
If the Founding Fathers had twitter accounts I think they would have shortened that line to:
We need to establish a level playing field.
The initial “inspiration” for this post came when I went to fill an inflatable pool for my grandchildren. No matter where I positioned it on the lawn it was never level enough for a level fill. This despite the fact that my lawn is, or so I thought, flat.
So, it got me thinking about the current expression of a level playing field. In may ways I heartily agree with that aspiration. Many people are unable to reach their goals because the playing field isn’t level. Whether it’s where you got your college degree, where you live, your financial status, or who you know, many people have an edge. Doing what we can do provide people with “equal opportunities” can be a noble venture.
However, if we move away from the world of careers and such and get down to the basics, life does not provide us with a level playing field.
Certainly Dorothy didn’t have a level playing field in Oz. She had numerous obstacles and challenges she had to meet to get home. But to be fair, she did have some advantages. The kiss on her forehead from the Witch of the South protected her as did her ruby slippers.
In the real world, more people than not do not have a level playing field. Illness, the loss of a parent at a young age, a painful divorce, the loss of a spouse, and even then, the loss of a job can all “unlevel” the playing field.
Expecting outside forces to level the playing field can have its advantages and often is the right thing to expect. However, unless we play and active part in the process, we are taking advantage.
Life is not a level playing field. Some of us have more dips than others, that’s for sure. But, in the end, we all need to see how many of those dips we can level by taking new courses of action or at the least by admitting that we might have some work to do.
Will new political policies level the playing field? Perhaps for some, but for others not so much.
The burden is on our shoulders. If we ever have the opportunity to help level the playing field for someone (who deserves it, I might add), we should do all in our power to make it happen. Fortunately we might be the one who is being helped.
Like Dorothy, we have our challenges, but we also have our blessings.