Asit's View

A)
What
is equality?-

1) Giving a non-biased treatment in every sense.

2) Each man has different mental, social, environmental
factors.

3) (From A2) thus each will receive and would like
to receive different treatment.

4) (A1+A2+A3) Equality is a metaphysical myth. It
is impossible to achieve absolute equality.

B)
Inequality-

1) Absence of equality

2) (A4+B1) Inequality is
Omnipresent.

3) Different degrees of existence.
(I take the meaning of equality here as the
lowest degree of inequality.)

C)
To make unequal things “equal”

1) EX- Take two pans of a weighing
balance where one has a heavier weight than the other. In order to make them
equal one will have to add weight to the pan that has less weight. That is in
order to minimize the inequality we will have to give a special treatment to
one class of people while neglecting the other class. This amounts to
inequality. (Ex- the minority reservations.

2) C1 is done for the so called
“greater good i.e. equality.” However it
soon turns out to be counter productive.

3) When a special treatment is given
to a certain class of people, they get more rewards for lesser efforts. They
thus become less hard working. On the other hand when a special treatment is
given out to a certain class, the other classes would lose out and thus slowly
develop a sense of hatred. This would widen the inequality.

4) (C1+C2+C3) Thus when one tries to
make unequal things equal, the whole process turns out to be counterproductive
in the long run thus increasing the degree of inequality.

Thus by the above argument I think that
Aristotle’s quote is completely right.
Abhinav's View
I have pasted the argument below. Can you
tell me if its going on the right track? It seems pretty tautologous and I
can't think of any more to write on this quote, except go on about political,
or different truth conditions.
“The worst form of inequality is to try and
make unequal things equal.” – *Aristotle *
Aristotle’s argument (rather Tautology)
A1. Unequal and equal by logical status
cannot be equated. (Law of extended middle mentions that as long as there is a
proposition P, and a proposition not P, they cannot both be true)
A2. To try and make two unequal things equal
is to try to force reasoning or violate principles of logic and thereby
rational reason
A3. Inequality is an undesirable state
(A1 + A2 + A3)A4. To force things/concepts/values/rights
to be equal is to resort to an undesirable state
A5. The main implication is that things can
be fundamentally different and that there is no commonality, which can make
equal 2 seemingly different things.
--X--
B1. What does it mean for 2 things to be
equal?
- A simple definition of equality could be the logical
equivalence.

B2. If B1, then A4 is true
B3. However B1 can be contestable in that we
can consider B4 as a definition of equality
B4.
i.
Things can have a range of properties
and a class of things can be named as all the items with at least one property
in common.

ii.
Thus two things with 99 different
properties and 1 common property P1 can be made equal for the class of objects
defined by P1.

B5. Things can then said to be equal if
there is atleast one common property (Here we can introduce an alternative
metaphysics of monism)
C1. In a political sense we can consider the
statement: “Everyone is equal before the law”
C2. This accding to Aristotle tries to make
everyone equal, not considering the circumstances, which led him or her to
violate the law
C3. This is inequality in that 2 human
beings with fundamentally different backgrounds are being seen equally
C4. However if we accept B4 as a definition
for equality, then we can say that both humans are different but belong to a
common class in that they are part of a common legal system defined in a
particular manner.
C5. Thus C1 is not necessarily an inequality
or undesirable outcome.