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Harrison Bergeron Essay On Equality

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Equality is often taken in the wrong context. Total equality should never be a desirable aim, however equal and ample opportunities should be the norm. Every person should have the same opportunity for success and growth, but not every person should have to lessen themselves to be equal to another person. In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the author illustrates the undesirable goal of absolute equality through the society generated fixed, dull, and inefficient lifestyle resulting in lack of diversity, progress, and humanity.
In a society with complete equality, every person is at the same level in thought, physicality, and emotional. The idea of complete equality forgets to preserve the individual diversity each human being has. With total equality, there is a lack of diversity in personalities, talents, and abilities. In references to the dancers in Georges equal society, he notices that “they weren’t really very good - no better than anybody else would have been, anyway. They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one,
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As we have seen, the handicaps that are designed to keep everyone equal actually created a dearth of diversity. No one was allowed to excel past each other in any area of life which keeps everyone stuck at the same level. The handicaps stunted progression in to the future of innovations and ideas by limiting advanced minds to the same standard of thought. Humanity was lost with the handicaps as a result of the restricted brain capacity forcing seemingly unnecessary emotions out of thought. Since the handicaps forced emotions out of human thought, society lost the ability to feel which depicts a lack of humanity. Complete equality is not a desirable aim as it destroys crucial aspects of society such as diversity, progress, and most importantly its
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