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Equality vs Fairness

Every individual is born different from each other. Each has his or her own physical, mental, and emotional characteristics. Each one is also born to parents of a different social and economic status; some are born to an affluent life while others are born to a life of struggle. Men are not created equal, and life is not always fair.

This fact has encouraged certain individuals as well as political organizations to go out of their way to make an effort to provide equality and fairness to everyone. Fairness can result in equality, and equality is giving all individuals their fair share.

“Equality” is defined as the quality of being the same in quantity, value, or status. It is the state of having a balanced social, economic, and political standing among individuals in a society despite differences in race, religion, sex, social and economic status, and culture. It refers to providing every individual the same opportunities to improve his rank or condition in life without expecting that the results would also be equal. It provides the same compensation and benefits to workers or employees with the same job.

The word “equality” comes from the Old French word “equalite” which means “uniformity in size” or “evenness of surface or number,” from the Latin word “aequalitatem” which means “likeness, similarity, or equality referring to rights or privileges.”

Fairness, on the other hand, is defined as the quality of having an unbiased disposition. It is the characteristic of being just to everyone, of treating them without discrimination or partiality. It is the absence of prejudice. The word “fairness” comes from the Old English word “faeger” which means “beauty” and the Old English adjective “nes” that form a word which means “evenhandedness.”

Since men are not created equal, some are born rich while others are poor, some are naturally beautiful while others are physically lacking. Still, some are born smart and intelligent while others are born with lesser minds. It is important that they are given equal and fair opportunities. The discrimination against homosexuals in the military is not fair. Like all other people, they too have a right to apply for a job that they feel is right or good for them. They have to be given equal opportunities as individuals who are straight.

Every country and every society strive to provide their citizens equality in every aspect from politics to economics and social aspects. They try to give them their just and fair share of opportunities to help them improve their status.


1.Equality is the quality of being the same in status, quantity, and value while fairness is the quality of being unbiased and impartial.
2.Equality is giving individuals who have the same task the same compensation while fairness is giving individuals the same choices or chances no matter their status in life.
3.“Equality” comes from the Latin word “equalitatem” which means “similarity or likeness” while “fairness” comes from the Old English word “faeger” and “nes” which means “evenhandedness.”

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  1. This is nonsense!! You have made no distinction whatsoever. Equality is the concept of the same value, as in a legal will and Testament being distributed to each sibling regardless of need or financial status. Fairness, is the concept of treating people such that what they need more of, they get more of. Two siblings may inherit quite different values of an estate if one is already very wealthy. This is “fair” because the a poor sibling may have been unlucky and is then given another chance, while if a value to the rich sibling, it would likely have very little effect on either of their lives.

  2. Wow.
    …and I was looking forward to differencebetween.net as a new fun resources for me to consider in my writing going forward. I understand this site may have different contributors, but the arguments in this article are so poorly illustrated I think it is likely safer if I just avoid this site all together in the future.

    Rule #1 Never use a word to define itself. So when this article states “Equality is defined as the quality of being the same…” , I pretty much stopped reading. How disappointing. I don’t care if the “E” was taken off of “quality”. It is virtually the same word. More research on the topic is needed, as it seems the author does not have a full grasp on what s/he is writing about. It can be an intricate concept, yes – but I believe that with a bit more study, the author can spruce up this article to make a more buoyant point.

  3. I guess this is why no one has figured this out. Equality, and fairness is perhaps in the hand and mind of the beholder. I thought all men were created equal. Shame on me.

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