Equal: Being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value.
Equality: The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.
Equity: The quality of being fair and impartial.
As human beings we are not and will never be equal. We may be the same in some ways however certain characteristics, finger prints for example, make us all unique.
Economics makes it impossible for us to achieve equality since some will always have more than others and rightly so considering life is a series of choices and those choices depend upon our beliefs which are personal to our experiences in life. Some people value humanity, some money.
Equality is treating everyone the same.
Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful.
Our current system of government seeks to make everyone equal without considering what is equitable.
A person caught stealing food to survive and a person stealing a car for a joy ride are both thieves, but for very different reasons.
In our society today, the person stealing food would most likely go to jail while the person stealing the car would receive probation.
Equality and justice for all are important concepts that we tend to confuse with being equal. We can achieve equality in our nation if we teach our children to respect themselves and others.
When we give everyone the opportunity to be successful, we are treating everyone the same. When we respects the gifts and talents everyone possesses, we will achieve equality and justice for all because there will be no need to steal food or a car and to do either would be a choice to break the law.
Instilling in our children a moral attitude of respect for self and others is the only way to ensure equality and justice for all.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, the differences that exist between us will be appreciated instead of hated.
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