Harrison Bergeron and 2081

The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. In equality, no one’s god given rights should be sacrificed for social and economic benefits. Equality in the constitution ensure fairness and equal advantage not by moral Arbitrariness but for independence and mutuality to be the root to ensure equal justice. There has to be no disadvantages to be truly equal. A society cannot have equality when arbitrary prevents its growth. Opportunities should be given at the same starting point regardless of social status. Everyone has an opinion on equality which fairley is their own. An opinion is based on what the individual believes is right by how they feel. What if you could strip away outside assumptions, opinions and see equality for what it really is.

Complete and total equality has finally arrived. This includes equality that many past generations have fought to have, whether it be woman’s rights, civil rights, etc. Now there is full equality in the year 2081. “They weren’t only equal before God and the law, they were equal every which way” (“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.).

Every aspect of life in society has become equal in the year 2081. This includes their physical appearance, physical strengths and mental intelligence, all equal. Equality is sustained by “handicaps”. For someone who is considered brilliant, he or she is forced to wear a mental handicap in his or her ear, for someone who is stronger than the average person they are forced to have extra weight attached to them at all times and for someone who is considered attractive must wear a mask to conceal their beauty. In the short story written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron reveals an argument that the necessity for absolute equality gets rid of the variety and strengths that individuals have along with the diversity as a whole, which is a negative effect on all of society.

Today in most societies’ intelligence is encouraged. Intelligent people can exchange their intellectual and abstract thoughts with each other, which allow the society to grow and develop. If everything were equal, there would be no advances or new ideas created because everyone would think the same.

Today’s society primarily fights for rights of equality. In this particular society, that takes place about 70 years from now is a society of absolute equality. It makes me curious if what people are fighting for now will become so severe that people begin to fight against attractive people, sports athletes, doctors, and scientists. Will people start to demand that everyone has the same amount of education, same payroll, no one is superior in the workplace. I feel that complete equality is impossible. Just like Vonnegut argues, there is a need for diversity. Despite the fact that most humans have the same biological makeup, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Our strengths and better qualities are what make us different and should not be weighed down to others who may not share the same qualities as strongly. I feel that society balances off of each other’s strengths and without it we would be flat and average as a whole. If the government were to make each and everyone of us equal we wouldn’t succeed as a nation, we wouldn’t progress or advance.

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