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    Why equality of outcome fails - A short story

    MeritoCorp Heavy Lifting is a small company that specializes in manual labor. Because of rough terrain and restrictions, raw muscle power must carry some goods around. It's hard work, but some men are up to the task, with varying prowess. We see five men who are hired to do heavy lifting for one site. Of these five, one is weaker and can only carry a small bag at a time. Three are healthy and can carry a midsized bag, three times as heavy as the small bag. One is extremely fit and can carry a huge bag, ten times as heavy as the small bag. They get paid according to their merit. The weak man gets $10, the healthy ones get $30. The strong man makes $100. They agree among themselves this is fair, since this is in accordance with the amount of work they can do.

    The tides however change, when the company is bought out. EquaCorp, the new owner, does not believe in paying in accordance with their merit. After all, all of these men work equal hours and do the same job, so why do they not get the same pay? So the next payout, they all get the same. The weak man is extatic. He receives a 400% pay raise! The three healthy guys also are okay with it. They receive a smaller payrise. The majority of the workforce is on-board with the equalization, the manager happily reports. However, the strong man is seething. Despite carrying the heaviest load, he now sees over half his wages evaporate. His protests fall on deaf ears however. Because the new system is "more equal".
    Seeing that he's not going to be able to change the tide, the strong man considers his options. Does he leave the job? He could, he is fit and could easily find employ elsewhere. But he decides against that. Then a thought dawns on him. Equality in all things.

    The next day rolls along. As per usual the bags are prepared. One small, three midsized and one big. But the big one isn't carried anymore. The strong man stands next to the weakest one. When asked by the foreman what he's doing there, his answer is simple. "I get paid the same as this weak man here, so I don't see why I should be doing a different job then he does, even when I could. I make the same now whether I carry this tiny bag I can lift with one finger, or that big one that gives me a backache. The only difference between these two bags is the backache. What would you do? Now give me a small bag."
    The three healthy guys look at this, scratch their heads in confusion a moment, then shrug and say "Yea, smaller bag sounds good for us too."

    So small bags are filled and carried all day. However, stuff piles up, because only a quarter of goods get moved in the same time. So 15 extra people are brought in to carry the bags that were abandoned by the original workers. But since there's only so much money to pay, everyone now earns only $8 because of the extra costs of managing folks. The healthy guys and the weak one are annoyed. "We used to make much more! We can't live on this small salary!"
    The strong guy shrugs, then replies. "So did I. But your majority didn't care when it was just me. Don't expect me to care now. I'm quitting tomorrow and will apply somewhere else, where my talents are appreciated. Have fun being equally destitute. I'm out."

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    Felt creative so I put pen to paper... err... finger to keyboard. These are my thoughts on why the current trend towards forced diversity is not going to bear rich fruit. Competence/merit based rewards (equality of opportunity) are what drives excellence. Equality of outcome drives minimal effort, since outcome is guaranteed and failure is near impossible.
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    Re: Why equality of outcome fails - A short story

    The saying goes something like "Conservatives want equality at the starting line, Liberals want equality at the finish line." or something like that. The bigger picture is that have a reasonable amount of parity at the starting line, but much less passive-aggressive, manipulative problems along the way is the real goal for the working class. The outcome will write itself.

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    Equality of outcome springs from the illogical notion that "life" should be "fair". Well cupcake the "fair" isn't in town today, and tomorrow ain't looking good either. So why not just sack up and do the best you can. People are born unequal so why would the output/result of these inequalities be equal? To quote Spock: Totally illogical.

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    Only that in real life the weak man gets 30$ , the healthy man gets 60$ , the strong man gets 100$ . And the man that does nothing gets 3000$ .

    Because he presented the idea that the strong man must get fired and the weak man , and a healthy man should both get paid only 10$ .

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    Good write up on the downfall net neutrality. Just using men as the subject.

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    I'm not sure I follow that line of thought Roadmaster, can you explain further?
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    Re: Why equality of outcome fails - A short story

    Quote Originally Posted by AeternusDoleo View Post
    MeritoCorp Heavy Lifting is a small company that specializes in manual labor. Because of rough terrain and restrictions, raw muscle power must carry some goods around. It's hard work, but some men are up to the task, with varying prowess. We see five men who are hired to do heavy lifting for one site. Of these five, one is weaker and can only carry a small bag at a time. Three are healthy and can carry a midsized bag, three times as heavy as the small bag. One is extremely fit and can carry a huge bag, ten times as heavy as the small bag. They get paid according to their merit. The weak man gets $10, the healthy ones get $30. The strong man makes $100. They agree among themselves this is fair, since this is in accordance with the amount of work they can do.

    The tides however change, when the company is bought out. EquaCorp, the new owner, does not believe in paying in accordance with their merit. After all, all of these men work equal hours and do the same job, so why do they not get the same pay? So the next payout, they all get the same. The weak man is extatic. He receives a 400% pay raise! The three healthy guys also are okay with it. They receive a smaller payrise. The majority of the workforce is on-board with the equalization, the manager happily reports. However, the strong man is seething. Despite carrying the heaviest load, he now sees over half his wages evaporate. His protests fall on deaf ears however. Because the new system is "more equal".
    Seeing that he's not going to be able to change the tide, the strong man considers his options. Does he leave the job? He could, he is fit and could easily find employ elsewhere. But he decides against that. Then a thought dawns on him. Equality in all things.

    The next day rolls along. As per usual the bags are prepared. One small, three midsized and one big. But the big one isn't carried anymore. The strong man stands next to the weakest one. When asked by the foreman what he's doing there, his answer is simple. "I get paid the same as this weak man here, so I don't see why I should be doing a different job then he does, even when I could. I make the same now whether I carry this tiny bag I can lift with one finger, or that big one that gives me a backache. The only difference between these two bags is the backache. What would you do? Now give me a small bag."
    The three healthy guys look at this, scratch their heads in confusion a moment, then shrug and say "Yea, smaller bag sounds good for us too."

    So small bags are filled and carried all day. However, stuff piles up, because only a quarter of goods get moved in the same time. So 15 extra people are brought in to carry the bags that were abandoned by the original workers. But since there's only so much money to pay, everyone now earns only $8 because of the extra costs of managing folks. The healthy guys and the weak one are annoyed. "We used to make much more! We can't live on this small salary!"
    The strong guy shrugs, then replies. "So did I. But your majority didn't care when it was just me. Don't expect me to care now. I'm quitting tomorrow and will apply somewhere else, where my talents are appreciated. Have fun being equally destitute. I'm out."

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    Felt creative so I put pen to paper... err... finger to keyboard. These are my thoughts on why the current trend towards forced diversity is not going to bear rich fruit. Competence/merit based rewards (equality of opportunity) are what drives excellence. Equality of outcome drives minimal effort, since outcome is guaranteed and failure is near impossible.
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