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Letter: Inequality is a fact of life

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor
Deseret News

For the last three centuries, America has been called "the land of opportunity." The implication was that if you made it to America, you had a chance to try to make it in America. Success was not guaranteed, but the opportunity to try was. Over time, that idea evolved into a concept of equal outcomes as well — that the government has an obligation to guarantee success as well.

By its very nature, freedom of opportunity creates unequal results. Some politicians refer to the superior results of some few as "inequities." However, "unequal" simply means "not the same," while "inequities" means "not fair." Independent actions under a variety of circumstances will always produce unequal results. The fact that one gets ahead by prudence and right action while another simply looks on hardly creates an inequity.

Throughout history, all attempts to equalize outcomes and redistribute wealth have failed. Once we accept that inequality is a fact of life, we come closer to understanding the world we live in.

Raymond Mayo