Because they are human and they have feelings. If you cut them they bleed and if you hurt them they suffer. Yes! We should treat others with empathy. It is what makes a society and nation great. I promise to treat your family with respect when I see them...Even as I would want you to treat mine should you pass their way.
Equal does not mean that we are all the same . Each of us is different in our own special way but we also have the common qualities that make us all humans. So each of us should be treated with respect and dignity and treat others in the same way.
Look at the communist empires Many of them failed, for example china ‘some of them are so rich and some of them are so poor north Korea, I don’t need to explain.
I believe all people be treated equally. Race, religion, gender, age, and other petty differences should not matter.
There are many ways people are different to each other whether it be their traits, skills, personality, biology (race and gender), or any other way people are naturally different.
Let me provide an example. Let's say there are two children at school. One is called Billy and the other is called Jeffery. Billy is great at Maths and always leads the class. However, Billy fairs poorly in Physical education. The other student, Jeffery, is great at Physical Education and always excels in different sports and areas of physical education. However, Jeffery is poor in his understanding of maths and does poorly in tests in the area of maths.
Now, to treat them equally would be to give them both the same amount of time and attention in both subjects. However, a much more fair way to treat these two students would be to help these students more in the areas in which they struggle.
What about the controversial subject of Race? Should we treat different races differently because of their race?
One example of differences in biology is the difference of Asians to other races in the amount of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) that Asians produce. Asians, on average, produce much less ADH than other races. I must now explain that alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) is the chemical that breaks down alcohol in your metabolism. This creates the phenomenon known as the "Asian Rash" which is a unique symptom that Asians get by consuming too much alcohol.
There are many different biological differences between races including how some races are more prone to some diseases than others. Therefore, in those circumstances we must treat people differently because of these biological differences in order to best care for those more prone than others.
If we treated everyone equally we would treat everyone the same and not recognise these differences and treat specifically to these differences.
Another way we treat people differently and not equally is in terms of their personality and maturity. Let's say there are two different people. Let's say one is called Sue and the other is Kelly. Sue is a very emotionally strong women and is known to never overreact to pieces of gossip. Kelly on the other hand is emotionally unstable and can easily overreact to pieces of gossip.
If you found out that both Sue and Kelly were in a relationship and the person they were in a relationship with were cheating on them, would you treat them both equally with your response to this new information? Of course not. You would respond differently to them because of their natural differences in their personality.
In final, treating people equally ignores the natural differences people have between each other. I therefore argue that it is much better to treat people unequally in favour of addressing people's differences. If people are different to one another, isn't it more logical to treat them differently rather than treat them equally, or the same?