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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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    Jun 13 2013: Hi Manishka: I'm sorry if you only saw one point of my note. No, I absolutely do not begrudge these children. In fact I wish they had more, starting with a better plan by their mother. And while there are lots of different kinds of mothering, I think that this safety net as you call it allows for a kind of mothering that does not set a good example of what a person should require of themselves to be a proud and honest person. Once you get a free check, why go work for one? As far as my illnesses are concerned, I needed to travel to Chicago from New Jersey in February to see a specialist, all at my expense, airfare, hotel, and out-of-network care. If I got the same free money every month that Rachel got, and was able to put it away, that trip would not have caused me to have a credit card bill for the next two years. All I'm saying here is if she gets a check, I should to, and you should too, and your neighbor should too. I have heard it straight from her mouth exactly what you stated, that she would have to work so hard to have what she has, and why should she if it comes for free? Because in this world we need to make decisions and live with the consequences of those decisions. And when there are no consequences, we don't have to think so hard now do we?

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