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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: @OP: Gender equality?: Very hard question, but I'll say what I believe...

    Men and Women are NOT equal.
    yet...
    Men are NOT superior to Women. (I'm a man)
    Women are NOT superior to Men.

    That's how it is...

    In the end, all men and women shall answer to The Creator and The Creator treats with absolute fairness :)
    • Jun 14 2013: Well said Kareem. Don't you think though that the Creator would wish for us to continue that search for 'equality' even though He himself knows that we are incapable of ever attaining it?
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        Jun 14 2013: He demands from us (as far as my limited knowledge is concerned) to be FAIR and good to each other, regardless of gender or race

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