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Equality versus Meritocracy. Which Wins?

I have been having this debate in my Head for quite a while now, and I can't decide. Which is more important? Both are in conflict to a certain extent on various issues, like "Education" for example.
It could help to watch this TED talk :
- Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives.
http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html
I ask this because many politicians talk about "Fairness" they usually mean many different things. Roughly speaking when Liberals talk about "Fairness" they typically mean "Equality". While when Conservatives talk about "Fairness" they typically mean "Meritocracy".
So which one is more important to you? (Or in other words, What do you mean when you say "Fairness"?)

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    Aug 30 2013: To Bernard White (1 hour ago):

    Thanks!

    Very glad to give my answers:

    (1). During war in constant danger, people can be happy if they find a way to be a-step-better for keeping their DNA alive, no matter how small the “step” may be.
    (2) Having someone’s “survival and genetic offspring completely secured”, without many a-step-betters for keeping his/her DNA alive, can make him/her very boring or sad.

    Wromg?
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      Aug 31 2013: Yes, if you don't mind me saying. I think you are wrong to an extent.
      1) People can enjoy sacrificing themselves for their kin, to ensure their relatives genes get passed on. Or would you argue this is a form of survival? I mean people form bonds (or become friends) with their fellow soldiers, I think this would counter your original point.
      2) I'm afraid I don't understand this point, I would be happy if you could explain it to me. Are you arguing that we actually need to be doing something which would have increased our chances of survival or passing on our genes?
      Kind regards,
      Bernard.

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