Someone who insists that he be treated equally is calculating his demands on the basis of what other people have rather than on what will accord with the realities of his own condition and will most suitably provide for his own interests and needs. In his desire for equality, there is no affirmation by a person of himself. On the contrary, a concern for simply being equal to others leads people to define their goals in terms that are set by considerations other than the specific requirements of their own distinctive nature and of their own circumstances.” 88-9
Frankfurt argues that equality in and of itself is not morally important and should not be expressly pursued as an end by society or individuals. He argues that it is more important to treat people respectfully than equally, by ensuring sufficiency (making sure needs are met so no one lives in want) and considering individuality (according importance to different needs, tastes, skills, etc. when distributing resources).