Do you accept the idea of equality regarding individual humans? If so, why?
There is no trick or gimmick here. Just a question. Upon what basis do you accept the idea of human equality?
I will elaborate.
"Everyone is born equal."
Are they? In what way? Some are more gifted physically. Others may have talents for being social or engaging in activities requiring physical strength or grace. I could go on, but we know this is true.
Beyond just biology, the social position one occupies, the "luck" they have in particular situations, and so on, definitely give some people more of advantage to live a happy and successful life.
Of course, happy and successful can be relative, as some people can feel they are content and enjoy life even if they are living in relative poverty or suffer from severe limitations from participating in the events that their peers find rewarding.
Yet that simple suggests that contentment and happiness as well as notions of success or a "good life" are highly subjective. Just because you can learn to be satisfied or content with your options doesn't make you equal to others. And who says everyone can reach a stable point where they can acquire such acceptance and contentment?
We could try to make equality connected to consciousness, but this too is problematic as people with different mental capacities have differing levels and experiences of consciousness. This isn't to say that these differences are good or bad, but they don't support some baseline of equality.
The concept of human equality is an ideal, but outside of some religious context or axiomatic assertion, what is there that supports such an assertion?
That question leads to a related claim...
"Every human life has (the same) value."
They do? And what is the basis of this value? What objective basis is there for such value? And if there is only a subjective basis, what is the argument that supports it?
Again, no tricks or clever turnabouts or twists.
You can say that assuming that everyone has value can be beneficial, either rooted as an evolutionary imperative or the result of social logic. Perhaps some combination of both.
After all, by attributing value to everyone, you gain value yourself as do your relatives and friends. By assigning value to all, you are better able to capture the utilize the potential available in your community or society. These and similar arguments are very solid.
Except that these and similar arguments are concerned with why we should think or feel that all people have value, not with the underlying assumption itself.
This is where you might be tempted to fold back to the first claim, that everyone is equal, perhaps saying that everyone has the same potential for something you think justifies their value, but again, that equality is not absolute and the justification of value is almost certainly still subjective. Is there something all humans have the potential to do or be that you can argue gives them equal value? And value according to who?
Moreover, what if they have lost that potential for some reason, such as being too old? Do they still have that same value then?
Again, except for a prior proclamations such as those found in religion, what is the basis for such claims of value? Human history doesn't support it, given how we have and still treat one another. Slavery and genocide anyone?
Not a dig at the irreliguous and aspiritual
This isn't some attempt to say that people who reject overt spirituality or religion have no real claim to statements about equality or the value of human life. It really isn't. But humans seem to find value in incorporating themselves into systems of meaning which give them a sense of continuity and transcendence beyond their limited, finite, individual existence.
These systems of meaning can be formal or informal, and can range from family/procreation to belief and participation in a religious worldview.
But what of those who don't make what is considered to be a sufficiently adequate or meaningful contribution to existence or who fail to be a part of some larger system of meaning? What, if anything, is the point or worth of their existence?
I get the impression many people take the ideas of human equality and value lightly, not in the sense that they aren't outraged by perceived callousness or injustice, but in not really appreciating or exploring the basis of their convictions.
So, are all humans equal? Do they all have (equal) value? And if you believe so, what evidence can you provide to support that belief?