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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: Humans are obsessed with fairness because it has an evolutionary component. they have done many experiments in behavioral economics on both chimps and humans that have confirmed the fairness bias. I believe in absolute equality under the law, however i am aware that people and societies the way they are naturally inclined will deviate from absolute equality everywhere.

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