Report Does Relative Poverty Have Any Meaning? in House prices and the economy Posted June 12, 2009 Fairness equals sameness then?What about sameness of opportunity to gain wealth? Although I said on a previous post that while equality of opportunity may be desirable and equality of outcome is impossible, I am inclined to think, having given it further thought, that equality of opportunity is equally impossible. How, for instance, can one give equality of opportunity when genetic influences, birth parents, absent fathers and other early nurture influences have so much effect on an individual? People are born with unequal opportunities and I don't see how that can be changed by any amount of intervention, even if such intervention were desirable, and I believe it definitely is not.