Business L100 Essay
“Would it be moral to grade exams, so that all students get C’s? If not, is it moral for the state to redistribute incomes?”
Many people today often support the idea of redistribution. A great example of this would be…you guessed it, Robin Hood. As the famous line goes, “Rob from the rich and give to the poor.” This is a perfect example of redistribution, stealing from those who have more and giving it to those who have less. This idea as a whole is taking others goods, and distributing it to people who don’t have as much, all in the name of equality and fairness. What those people don’t realize is that, the wealthy are wealthy because they’re smart and they work hard. For the sake of an example, if you take from the rich and give it to the poor, now everyone has the same amount of wealth. The people who were previously wealthy once again use their work ethic and understanding of economics and there trains field, to be come wealthy again even though they won’t be as wealthy as they were before. In the same manner, the once poor become even more poor. Redistribution follows and now everyone is poor, and the once wealthy no long have the desire to become wealthy again, so everyone becomes poorer and poorer.
The same thing could be said for the grade systems, i.e….
Teacher: “Alright students, we no longer will be grading everyone individually, but instead everyone will be getting a “C.”
Students who get F-C’s (70% of the class): “Yay!”
Students who get B-A’s (30% of the class): “WHAT! That’s not fair!”
Teacher: “Yes it is, look at all these students who get to have higher grades. That seems pretty fair to me.”
Over the course of a few months, the hard working student who got B’s and A’s stop trying to work hard at their school and are instead content with low grades. But the question, is this moral?
If you asked those students who felt cheated if giving everyone a “C” was moral, they would tell you no. Ask them if it would be moral to redistribute income and wealth, and most all of them would tell you that it would be perfectly fine and moral to do so. Why is this so? I believe this is because people fail of realize that the two above questions are essentially the same: is it moral for everyone to be made exactly equal? So that’s it, this is the question… “equality.” Is it moral to make everyone equal with a measure of force? Is everyone equal? No. Should everyone be equal? That depends on the definition of “equal.” Most people would answer yes everyone should be equal. The fact is that they forget that not only is everyone superior to you in some way, but also that some people are born to follow, others are born to lead.
Now, back to Sherwood Forest, is what Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men did, moral? No, it is not. Equality, in the sense that everyone should have equal incomes, is a bad thing. The bible says to give a man the wages of his labor, the bible also says if you don’t work neither shall you eat. Therefore, a man becomes wealthy be his work ethic, he eats because of his work ethic. A diligent man will have more then a lazy man. Taking away from the diligent man and giving to the lazy man is wrong. We should receive what we work for, and we should eat because we work.