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Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?

This is an idea I recently fell upon while thinking about colleges and scholarships. I was wondering why I've been told (not actually witnessed) that minorities get a better chance of getting in college for being a minority. This was apparently an attempt to level the playing field and make things for equal for applicants. I realized that in their attempt to equalize the playing field, they made it unfair. What are your thoughts on this situation and any other equality situation? Do you think people should be going for fairness or equality, both, or are they essentially the same thing?

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    May 21 2013: Equality is probably feasible but mostly not worth achieving. For "Equality", read "Dumbing Down" of diversity. Diversity makes the world interesting, full of vitality and healthy. Diversity makes us intelligent and creative.

    Equality is not synonymous with fairness. However, diversity with fairness, understanding and respect is far better than the mushy, deadly boring contrivances of 'sameness'.

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