What if everyone were the same? Stress the two advantages of everyone being completely equal like in "Harrison Bergeron."

One advantage of everyone being equal like in "Harrison Bergeron" would be the opening of the opportunity to excel across the social spectrum. A second advantage would be that people could focus on self actualization rather than fighting for petty advantages over others.

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In the science-fiction short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., equality for all people is imposed by government mandate. Because people are inherently dissimilar, attractive people have to wear masks, strong people have to wear weights, and intelligent people are beset by periodic noises to keep them from thinking too much. Although at the beginning of the story Vonnegut writes that people are "equal every which way," it is obviously not true, because then Harrison's rebellion would not have been necessary, and the government would not have had to quell it by force.

To speculate on complete equality poses numerous questions. How could this be achieved? Would genetic manipulation be used? Would it be necessary to eliminate disparities of physical appearance and expertise such as skin color, strength, abilities, and gender? Regardless of the details, a completely equal society would provide numerous advantages. We'll delineate a few of these, and then you can choose the two you...

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