“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. On the other hand, striving forequity in a society would be much more feasible. Equity, also an effort toproduce fairness, is giving everyone what they need in a society to excel.