Are we all equal? Explain your anwser.Are we all equal? Explain your anwser.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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We are definitely created equally, but the world does not treat people equally or give people equal rights and resources. If one doesn't believe that humans are equal, then you must believe that some people are superior to others. That is bordering on racism, sexism, and other dangerous territory when you believe that one group is inferior or superior to the others. Equal does not mean the same.

Some groups have the law on their side. Some groups have taken advantage of other groups. Some groups have stolen from others, and the list goes on. But think about the moment of conception and during the infant years, babies are all the same until they enter the world and their gender, race, location, etc give them an advantage or disadvantage.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, we are not all equal. No matter what measure you use to compare people, one will be better in something than the other. This does not mean that one person is more important than any other, but in any one area there will be people who have an advantage.
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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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The concept of Equality, in the US, at least originally, meant that all humans, by virtue of birth, had the same Rights, and the same ability to exercise those Rights.  It did not ever mean or imply that everyone should have the same health care, education, wealth, housing, social status, sexual orientation, etc.

What it's supposed to mean is that all should be equal under the law, and that all have the same inherent Rights, which they may or may not choose to exercise.

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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I'm not sure where you are going with this but I think the key element is that equal does not mean the same. Equality in the eyes of the law and most people is about how one is treated, not how one is made up or acts or looks.

We are all created to be TREATED equally. We all have the same basic rights. This does not mean we are the same. I excel in areas where others fail. This does not mean that my rights are different than theirs.

In addition, I have to mention that equality under the law doesn't mean equality in reality. Our country should be one of equality based on legal tenets, but we each choose our own actions. Whether we treat one another equally is our own choice and too many choose not to treat others equally.

To give an example that is maybe opposite of what many would think, are celebrities treated "equally" to non-celebrities? Of course not! They are given perks and opportunities that the "average" American doesn't experience.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, we are not equal.  We all have different abilities that make us unequal in any number of ways.  However, we are treated as equal in many ways.  We all have the same right to vote, for example.  So we are legally equal, but we really aren't equal to one another in most ways.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, we are not all equal. No matter what measure you use to compare people, one will be better in something than the other. This does not mean that one person is more important than any other, but in any one area there will be people who have an advantage.
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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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In the eyes of God and the law, I suppose all men and women are created equal. But this is certainly not true in all aspects of life or in all parts of the world. As a man in my 50s, I am no longer equal physically to the average healthy 25-30 year old. However, my elder years give me the advantage in knowledge and experience of most people half my age. It depends how you look at the many sides of the question.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This depends upon what qualities your are talking about.

Equal: We are all human beings. We all bleed the same color.

Unequal: The following characteristics make people unequal: education level, economic status, family dynamics, and places we live.

Outside of that, people define others as lesser, equal to, or above them based upon: color of skin, religious identity/beliefs, and morality.

Therefore, a universal answer is, basically, difficult given you do not define the parameters by which you are examining.

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jameepeyton | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Equality is definitely vague and in most cases, subjective and interpretable, even with regard to law.  This question does call for more specifics in order to give an appropriate answer, but generally speaking I would have to say no.  Equality among people is an endless debate with an unrealistic outcome.  As stated above, inequality does not define bad or better, but simply shows differences among us.  Many people view differences as a negative which is an ongoing problem in society.  If we can step aside from the equality argument and embrace differences as positive, society could be a much more productive environment. 

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