Execupundit.com: Fairness. I love the ladder metaphor in this post by Execupundit. Too often, we assume that prohibiting discrimination has as a goal the creation of ultimate fairness in life. It does not. Our society guarantees equal opportunity, not equal results. Given the range of human ability and intelligence and motivation, such a promise would be insane. Everyone should be guaranteed access to the ladder. It is up to the individual whether she can climb to the top. Personal responsibility and hard work is given little emphasis these days. We need to bring it back.