“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)*
Equality – Same conditions for everyone
Ex: Everyone at the table gets a juicy steak for dinner.
But what about the vegans? (No, vegans aren’t the only people who don’t eat meat, but just bear with me for the sake of simplicity.)
Equity – Individual conditions based on need and/or value
Ex: Carnivores get a juicy beef steak. Vegans get a juicy tofu steak.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. (Gold stars for naming the reference).
*While the Einstein quote isn’t exactly talking about equality vs equity, it’s related in that it recognizes the existence of differing standards and rubrics.