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In the article it is stated “Equality and freedom are symbiotic ideas. Parasites that feed off of and destroy the basic building blocks of the other yet cannot live without the other.“ This is essentially the theme of “Harrison Bergeron” but much less extreme. The statement is interesting and accurate. Illustrating the scale that moves and one or the other gains “weight”.
In “Harrison Bergeron” people are brought down to the least common denominator so that true equality is achived. In this article it is stated that the requirements of becoming a firefighter is being brought down to allow women into the field. Equal opportunity is a key characteristic of equality. Like how in the story people suffered from the new laws people will suffer due to the lowered requirements.