During class the other day, as we were reading through the various definitions of socialism, we came up with a variety of meanings using words such as “central”, “cooperation”, “everyone”, and “equal distribution”. These definitions surprisingly struck an interesting chord with me, because although many people viewed socialism as something negative, all of these words seemed quite positive. As children, we were taught the importance of equality or having equal opportunity, or how to cooperate amongst several individuals within society. Yet, as children we never learned that the term “equal” can never be achieved. In a socialist government, there is a central ownership of property, meaning that there is a public instead of private ownership of property. A socialist system also stresses the need for people to live in cooperation with one another, meaning that everyone works as a whole in order to benefit one another (social product). However, these policies of socialism do not coincide with the tendencies of nature and therefore, socialism will inevitably fail. An individual’s need to compete with other individuals will triumph over the socialist strains of uniting and working to benefit not only oneself, but also by benefiting others. Yet the question remains, why would society instill the values of equality and cooperation at a young age, when this type of behavior will always allow a government to fail?