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The philosopher Michel Foucault and the ancient chinese sage Lao Tzu are separated by some twenty centuries This seems to be of minor consequence however when it comes to the essence of their ideas Both figures deal with concepts that explore the relationship between society and power Specifically the ways in which social bodies gain or lose power In this paper I will use their ideas to support my theory that equality is impossible in social interactions These interactions may range in significance from a blind date to a political dictatorship I will deal mainly with the more common every day interactions in order to support my stance that equality on any social level is impossible The concept of equality is rendered impracticable because of utilizations of power which I call exchanges I refer to these utilizations of power as exchanges because one social body offers subservience while the other offers control I feel that there exists two classes of these power exchanges the voluntary and the involuntary An example of the voluntary power exchange is war one social body is intentionally attempting to control another The involuntary power exchange is more difficult to categorize I would however venture to offer a social commune as an example In this fictional commune all inhabitants are equal Decisions within the commune are made through voting It would seem that all bodies are equal and therefore an autonomous vote can be cast by all However I feel that there would be individuals within such a community that posses a stronger inclination towards dominance than others These dominant personalities would hence however unintentional influence and thereby control the the personalities more inclined towards subservience Such involuntary power exchanges occur in every social interaction therefore equality can not exist I have structured my argument around a story involving a set of twins Jill and Jane I use twins as my example in order to argue against the existence of equality
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