“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeatit,” to put it simply, if we do not learn from history, it is bound to reoccur.Philosopher George Santayana knew exactly of the dangerous of our former timesand our likeness to continue its pattern. As a society, we can only dream oftotal equality as our future and yet we’ve experienced multiple forms ofinequalities throughout history, from the inequalities of health care andeducation to the inequalities of the treatment of women and slaves. Some believe that total equalityis a reality for our future, everyone treated the same, while others take intoaccount the fact that equality, a state of being equal, especially in status,rights, and opportunities, can only work if everyone starts from the sameplace, needing the same help, which is a rarity in our society. Reaching overall fairness in asociety does have a chance of being possible, but it is unfortunately more of adream than a reality. Having total equality would require drastic changes in thingslike each of our cultures, minds, social and economic statuses. Even if we wereable to make these profound changes, it would be an even harder task to get thepeople of society to come to terms with it.
For all of society to share thesame equal social status and equal power in politics, economically, and in socialdecisions can be considered a reach. The amount of division in these aspects inour society today would make equality hard to achieve. On the other hand,striving for equity in a society would be much more feasible. Equity, also aneffort to produce fairness, is giving everyone what they need in a society toexcel based on their individual struggles. To a certain extent we would need asmall amount of inequality in our society in order to receive a chance at equality,or equity to be exact. The distribution of housing, healthcare, and educationneeds to be given out in different terms to meet the certain needs of certainpeople in society in order to have a fair and just society. However, it what shouldn’t beforgotten is the amount of progress we have made in equality throughout theyears.
We have women in congress, African Americans in office, and marriagelicenses given to the LGBTQ community, events that would have never beenpossible unless of our society’s gradual movement towards total equality. It isan unfortunate case though that it seems like every step we take towards thisdream in efforts to make into a reality, something occurs to make us jump twosteps back. Recently, we have laws being passed barring women’s rights, themistreatment of certain cultures, and other such inequalities that proves the pointof total equality being a far off dream. One can only hope that all peopleof society will one day be given the equal opportunity to partake in allaspects of life without taking advantage of one another. Adopting an egalitarianattitude, erasing the division between the wealthy and middle class, andfighting the mistreatments of society is a hot topic in today’s conscious mindwhich is a great way to take one of those steps toward the fight againstinequality but it just seems like we will always strive and fight for thistotal equality but never quite be able to reach it.
Certain people like this ideaof division of labor, the ranks in society, division of classes, which onlyleads to class struggle and conflict, the exact opposite of equality, a divideof the powerful and powerless, the rich and the poor.