IMHO 'equality' is something one gives to people through laws. I think this is a good idea. However, the issues of social background and genetics still remain. No matter how many laws are passed there will still be people who are born into disadvantaged situations.<quoted text>
1. While your defining of 'equality' may be relatively 'pure', the idea of human equality is still very profound. Particularly here in the States ("All Men Are Created Equal" - MLK, etc).
Unfortunately, this view has it's problems that frequently frequently pop up that leads into issues like 'discrimination'(housing, employment, etc.). And some in society are getting strange ideas about who should, or shouldn't have a right to live (the mentally retarded, down syndrome, etc.). I believe that all men are equal, irregardless of social, health, etc. conditions. God made everyone 'unique', with a special gift not meant for self-preservation, but for the better of mankind. Man has a warped idea of human worth. Very feeble men have been made out to be gods because of certain 'visible' qualities like musical talent. So consequently some musicians are idolized who can't even keep their hotel room clean and intact (rock stars trashing hotel rooms, etc.). And at the same time, we hear about the unnoticed homeless man, who spread kindness to the locals, after he dies and has a city park named after him.
Please stop trying to twist my words. I never made any claims regarding them being 'higher up the equality ladder'. It's more a case of a wealthly, fit person starting with an initial advantage over a poor, unhealthy person.<quoted text>
Why would you say that being born into a wealthy environment, and being healthy would suggest being higher up the equality ladder, even though you're not suggesting superiority?