Fairness can be taken as an analogue for "justice." A society that is fair is also just. A society that is just must also be fair. I think you can say that fairness and justice is ALWAYS objectively a good thing.
On the contrary, equality simply means that two things are judged to have the same value. There are many good things that are equal, but also some bad. Judging two people as having the same value before the law (i.E. Equal protection) is an objectively good thing. Judging that any two people have the exact same needs is objectively wrong though. Equality might be good in some things, but its opposite- individuality also has its own uses and benefits.
The opposite of fairness is unfairness or injustice which is NEVER a good thing.
Therefore, it is more important to be fair than it is is to be equal.
Also, may people would say that being equal is part of being fair- so in a way the question is invalid.
Being equal does not mean being fair.
Just like a kid, a teenager, an adult watching games over the fence, and they all had one chair to hold. This is equality.
But what happens to the kid?
The kid can't see the games then. So to make it fair, the kid stands on 2 chairs, the teenager needs one chair, and the adult needs none.
There is absolutely no need for equality, it's not even possible.
I quote the words said by the other gentlemen on my side, is that if you compare a man who works 8 hours and another one who works for 4 hours and they both have the same salary, it would really be unfair to the man who worked longer than the other one. As salaries today are mostly based on how many hours you work during a shift and the rate per hour. It would downright unequal if both got the same amount of salary but the other one didn't exert as much effort as the other, and i'm sure that person wouldn't want a salary that's lower than what he worked for. All in all, all people should get the appropriate reward in return, depending on the effort they exerted. Thanks for letting me state my opinion and have a good day!
We are not born equal. No two persons can be equal. They can be given equal opportunity. But by choice only one can take advantage of it, thus making him more equal than the other. Further, because of one's abilities he may not be able to use this opportunity to his best advantage or at all.
In that he had the chance was fair, it may be more fair to him if he was given special consideration or resources so that he was better prepared. Alternately, for fairness, each person should be given opportunities that fit their circumstances and abilities.
So that they can be the best that they can be.
Examples for why fair is better than equal: Equally treated, people with disabilities or unusual circumstances of any kind cannot compete quite as well as the otherwise "normal" or empowered etc in something, say, like a job hiring. Fairly treated, the best qualified person, regardless of extenuating circumstances or other disability is selected, because circumstances or disability is disregarded as irrelevant (for example, a person growing up poor not disregarded because of this background), or compensated for (giving a ramp or special equipment to a wheelchair-bound employee).
Fairness satisfies everyone has needs based on biases. Equality satisfies everyone has needs based on value.
Equality demands for perfection. It's just like math. However, being sentient on its own creates a bias that will never be overcome. We have feelings and beliefs and personalities that are not one in the same with one another. Those continually create a bias. If perfection cannot be achieved, equality cannot be either.
So we're left with fairness. Unlike equality, fairness takes in account the feelings, beliefs, etc. that create a bias. Men aren't created equal and fairness takes it all into account. From there, decisions will be made based on the bias created.
We're more fair than we are equal.
Equality means everyone gets the same while fairness means everyone gets what they need. Say a skinny guy gets one small meal because that's all he needs, but a big guy can't be satisfied on that. If it was fair the skinny guy would get a small meal and the big guy a big meal instead of them both getting the same. Fairness > Equality
Equality is saying that all workers must take the stairs. Fairness is giving the handicapped a ramp or elevator. Equality is giving every human an equal share of everything. Fairness is letting hard work turn a profit. Equality is when everyone's vote counts for one, no matter the topic. Fair is letting an expert speak with more weight. Equal is requiring everyone to learn a general base of knowledge before being allowed to do anything else. Fair is allowing people to specialize with their talents and strengths so that usefulness and application are obtained quicker and with less mess.
Equal is considering the total vote here to determine the right way. Fair is considering the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments within before deciding.
I hope this makes sense.
I guess when we talk about equality, what we really mean is justice and fairness. Fairness is an analogue for justice. Fairness allows the human intelligence and objectivity to play a role to make a decision. An absolute equality means equality in everything and every time. This is an impossible concept in human world of interaction, and will never happen. In some way, given specific contexts, equality can be a paradox to fairness and justice. A good example is communism.
Equality is a concept which may or may not lead to fairness and justice.
1. Notion of equality leading to justice: Two people have equal rights and valued equally before the law.
2. Notion of equality leading to injustice: Two people have exactly same needs and have exact same capacities.
1. Inequality leading to appropriateness and justice: My patient Mr. Kx received 1gm Vancomycin two times daily for his infection. My other patient Mr. Nx received 1gm vancomycin once every three days with Dialysis. Both received fair (but unequal dose) coverage for their infection and were appropriately treated.
2. Inequality leading to unfairness and injustice: This is the commonest theme of the events taking place in different communities at present and in the past.
Consider the following scenario:
- A man spends 8 hours a day working compared to a man who spends 4 hours a day working. How should they get rewarded?
Equality: Both get the exact same rewards because they are equal. (similar to communism)
Fairness: 8 Hours should get double of whatever 4 hours gets (similar to capitalism)
In my opinion, Fairness is more important than equality because 'equality' isn't in human nature and we can never achieve it since we wouldn't be doing justice to those that deserve more. Fairness on the other hand guarantees that everyone gets what they deserve.
Both. You cant have fairness without equality. To achieve true equality you must be fair and if the person is treating others unfairly over other people doesn't represent equality or fairness, it represents favoritism which by all means is bad for both parties, favoritism is teaching intolerance to where there shouldn't be in the first place, I say this as a white female and have been the victim of racial intolerance. Be it black, white, Mexican, etc etc.... It goes both ways.
Imagine, if the world is fair, where the rich helps the pathetic poor. That would rip off the rewards and discourage the progression of a advance society! No breakthrough would be achieved and opportunities would be lost because no one is doing anything! Socialism methodology will end up social! All talk, no actions! Just like NATO - No Action, Talk Only.
These days we're so hung up on everything being fair and equal that we seem to have lost sight of the fact that neither goal is actually attainable. Some people will always be more equal than others in a cash-based society, and life just isn't fair for everyone. We need to get rid of this culture of whining.
People are going to get away with doing bad things, and others will be punished. Perfectly good people will have tragedy, horrible people will become rich. Justice and fairness are very different. And equality will never completely happen, but if each person is recognized as equal, then each one can begin to make their own life, and not be judged harshly, and they will have the ability to build a life as they chose it. That is fairness. Each person creates their own fairness, but they cannot do so if they do not have equality. Therefore, because equality is the first step to creating your own fairness, equality is more important.
How is it fair to treat someone as if they are not equal? This is affront to fairness; it is a self-defeating principal; a paradox, in short. That's like saying: "All men are created equal, so treat them fairly. Unless they're black, Hispanic, Native American, Jewish, Muslim, a women, African (even white African), Middle-Eastern, Aboriginal . . . Never mind. Not everyone is equal." Get my point?