Egalitarianism is a collective of those excluded from the power structure of society
I was reading Chapter 4 of Drew Sumrall’s book “An essay toward universal revolution“, and I like what he wrote here as it resonates with me:
“To put it another way, the Christian ‘negation of negation’ is the move from society’s excluded (content) to a society of the excluded (form).
This is why the egalitarianism that is Christian Universalism is in no way utopian, for it seeks the impossible only after moving outside the possible – the kingdom of God lies outside the count (of the society proper). Therefore it cannot include All, for it is a collective of those excluded from All – a society outside society – which is precisely why division is Universalism: the excluded is the universal singular.
The dialectical paradox is that Christianity’s being ‘for all’ means that it is in fact not for All. And it is in this way that egalitarian struggle is – at its very core – a Christian project. The epoch of Spirit on the horizon is that what names revolution ‘for all’ who have been excluded from All.
So when one speaks of Christian Universalism, one is not at all speaking of the ‘big number’, but rather the exception to the ‘big number’ – not the count, but those excluded from the count, for (and for the last time) division is Universalism.
This, my dear brothers and sisters, is egalitarian equality: not the powers granting equal rights to all those beneath, but the world rid of the powers.”
(From “An essay toward universal revolution” by Drew Sumrall)
Yes, it is comforting to know that we are in good company if/when we find ourselves being seen or treated as “a society of the excluded”, because that is where the kingdom of God is, according to Drew Sumrall – “outside the count (of the society proper)”. Being excluded from the mainstream society, then, becomes no longer a stigma but a blessing, as we bear the mark of Christ in his crucifixion and resurrection, because I used to despair about how I wasn’t able to fit into the mainstream since young, no thanks to the relentless competitive and “meritocratic” system in education and other aspects of society.
The meritocratic system is fundamentally flawed
Lately, I have been musing how the “reward” system or the meritocratic system is fundamentally flawed, as it debases and degrades humanity. For example, the formal school education system – by attempting to reward students with points for giving the “right” answers or for participating in class discussions – may have, perhaps unwittingly, robbed people of the ability or the need to really think for themselves. It is sad if they have been conditioned by this “reward” system to the extent that their motivation for participating in class is only for the sake of scoring more points, instead of for the desire for truth and justice, or for making the world a better place. Indeed, the meritocratic system of the society may have only succeeded in churning out people who are brought up to toe the line and conform to the system, which seeks to control them with material “carrots and sticks” based on their performance or willingness to obey and submit to “authority”, instead of listening to and following their heart/intuition to bring about justice and equality in the world for the betterment of humanity and the environment.