To understand the meaning and motives of egalitarianism, project it into the
field of medicine. Suppose a doctor is called to help a man with a broken leg
and, instead of setting it, proceeds to break the legs of ten other men,
explaining that this would make the patient feel better; when all these men
become crippled for life, the doctor advocates the passage of a law compelling
everyone to walk on crutches—in order to make the cripples feel better and
equalize the “unfairness” of nature.
If this is unspeakable, how does it acquire an aura of morality—or even the
benefit of a moral doubt—when practiced in regard to man’s mind?