Equality In Societies Essay

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines equality in this way; the quality or state of being equal: the quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc. This is probably one of the most basic definitions of equality. As we try to go more in depth in defining it, we reach more complications. But it is something that needs to be addressed in our world today. As a nation and society, it seems that equality has been a goal from the beginning. Many ideas and theories of equality drift to a state of communism “in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). The story 2081 illustrates ...view middle of the document...

As I was listening to the radio in the car one day, Steve Wilkow was talking about how many minimum wage workers want the new minimum to be set at around twenty-six dollars. This could mean that someone who just started working would be making as much as much as another employee in a higher rank. Could that possibly lower any drive that that person has to do better and excel? I strongly agree with the picture illustrated before that says equality is not always justice. However, in 2081, I found it hard to distinguish between the two.
In the story, each person is “handicapped” based on their own physical and mental capabilities. Those that were strong were given weights to carry. Those that were beautiful had to wear mask. Even the intelligent were given devices to distract them and pull them away from their thoughts. All so that no one person was better than the other. However, it’s hard to be sure that if they were truly made equal by these actions. If anything, I think that the handicaps made those that were strong weaker than the ones they were trying to be equal with, because it fatigued them while the others weren’t as drained. Others that were smart weren't allowed to use the full capacity of their minds like others that weren't handicapped were. I consider this to take away their equal opportunity of being able to use their talents to the best of their abilities as others...

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