I implore you to accept that equality is not equivalent to equity.
Equality is simply a possible element of, and not an appropriate measure of, fairness.
You don’t measure the success of a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree. What’s fair for the chimp, is not fair for the fish. Is it fair to say that Men fight topless in combat sports, so Women must also?
So what’s our fascination with equality. Is it just easier to fight for an equal standard than to justify and highlight the measure of fairness. I mean, it’s easier to say that person A has this right, so person B should equally have this right, than it is to express where the imbalance of fairness lay.
Or maybe it’s easier to make the discussion about equality, as opposed to defining our specific gripes.
Either way, we are encouraging unhealthy social, and also internal, dialogues of comparison and injustice. Life is not equal, it does not exist in a fair and email realm. We often have one of the other. But as people, if we are to find positive results for. As many as possible, we need to be willing to acknowledge that equality and equity are not one in the same.
If we acknowledge this, we can control the emotional charge of many of these discussions and aim to be subjective. But I guess the key is, not asking for everything in this world.
As a disclaimer, DO NOT assume this to be in commentary of any current or future social discussions about equality and fairness. Rather, this is commentary about how we go about discussing them.
This Sunday thought is one which I hope to continue to explore in the future. Keep posted for more.