Sunday, January 2, 2011

Equality - DO we really want it?

The idea of equality is that everybody enjoy the same status and treatment in spite of which race or sex one belongs to. Being treated equally is a beautiful idea. Imagine a world without religion: no crusaders and crusade. Imagine if nobody cared about the race: no feeling of inferiority, no discomfort where one goes, marriages possible and eventually we would all become one. Imagine no rich and no poor: nobody would have stress and tension. Imagine both sexes being treated equally: no women would have to be housewife under compulsion and women in few Arab counries getting full education. No woman would be deprived of their rights and undergo circumcision. But the saddest fact is, people are not ‘Equality’ orientated.

The first preference of a human is food in belly. And had one just be content with this one preference, we would have a better world today.

But, we are not equal in anyway. We are different. The whole world just want to divide themselves. Rich and poor, upper class and lower class, superior and inferior race, men and women, black, brown and white, etc. History tells us a lot of men who came and fought for equality and died for what they vouched for. But do we really want the Equality? We are human beings and we have great ability to understand things in a very profound way comparing to other species. And yet, centuries have come and gone – men fight for equality. Are we that of dumb that we never understood or are we just trying hard not to understand? The answer is – NO! NO! We don’t want the equality. We want to be better than others. We want to be rich, belong to superior race or talk bull shit in order to make our race superior. In the race of proving oneself, people just forget that had we had equality on first place, we won’t have had any of the problems. Usually people quote quotations and write. Let me do something different here. Let me write the quotes and I will elaborate on those quotes that I might like. Why do I do it this way? I don’t want to follow the normal pattern that every Tom, Dick and Harry follow. I want many readers to read it and appreciate me. I too want to prove myself. Here are the quotations:

There are no ‘white’ and ‘coloured’ signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963
Message to Congress on Proposed Civil Rights Bill, 19 June 1963

The ultimate human mystery may not be anything more than the claims on us of clan and race, which may yet turn out to have the power, because they defy the rational mind, to kill the world.
Arthur Miller 1915-
Time Bends (1987)

You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
Frederick Douglass 1818-95;
Narrative of the ‘Life of Frederick Douglass(1845)’

Because a man has a black face and a different religion form our own, there is no reason why he should be treated as a brute.
Edward VII 1841-1910:
Letter to Lord Granville, 30 November 1875

And if the white man thought that Asians were a low, filthy nation, Asians could still smile with relief - at least, they were not Africans. And if the white man thought that Africans were a low, filthy nation, Africans in Southern Africa could still smile - at least, they were not bushmen. They all have their monsters.
Bessie Head 1937-86:
Maree (1971)
I want to be white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
Martin Luther King 1929-68:
In New York Journal – American 10 September 1962

Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!
George Wallace 1919-:
Inaugural speech as Governor of Alabama, 14 January 1963

Make all men equal today, and God has so created them that they shall all be unequal tomorrow.
Anthony Trollope 1815-82. Autobiography (1883)

Hat not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warned and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
W. Shakespeare 1564-1616:
The Merchant of Venice (1596-8)

There is no method by which men can be both free and equal
Walter Bagehot 1826-77:
In The Economist 5th September 1863

When everyone is somebodee, Then no one’s anybodee.
W.S. Gilbert 1836-1911:
The Gondoliers(1889)

From the quotations and the period and people quoted, one can make out that inequality was there ever since nobody knew. But it is something we enjoy. Face it people. We enjoy the inequality and we might just talk about equality here and there, but when it really comes for reality, we fucking don’t want to be treated equally. Humans are complicated and this complicity has led us into chaos today. We don’t want to be equal. We are doing fine by being unequal to each other, reminding one another their status. We don’t want to wait in queue like everybody does. We just don’t want to be treated equally if we are enjoying the benefits or having upper hand. But if some one cuts the line and doesn’t have to wait like you do, you want the equality. And you will bark for it.

Over the past years, I have been thinking over what I learnt? Because when I was taught by my parents, I was taught to be kind, generous, to be impartial, helpful etc. And in school too, I was taught kindness, generosity, etc., pretty much what I learnt in my home, but in an organised manner. I am grateful to my teachers for that. But today, when I am facing the real world, it’s different. The more I learn about the world, the more I feel sick of it. Corruption, racism, inequality, poverty, terrorism, manipulations, conspiracies, politics, partiality, theft, rape, and the list goes on. But the world isn’t a bad place either. Good people are there too. Good enough that even though they are not promoted, they remain so good, in fact go ‘better’, that they don’t have problems. Maybe they exactly know the meaning of life or have given up on life. One of the things I will always be curious about.

Majority of the world: willing not to have equality in any form just makes the world bizarre. Imagine if we all lived in peace. Nobody cared whether one was brown, black, yellow or white. Nobody cared about money. Nobody cared about promotions. Nobody cared about one’s status. Nobody cared that there were international boundaries that differentiated us. Nobody cared about themselves, rather they cared for one another. That everyone worked together and fed themselves together. No industries, no boycott in inter race or caste or religion marriages. Maybe, we might have lived in a better world.

But, looking at our condition today, where some carbide company wants to earn more and doesn’t want to pay for the victims due to leakage in its factory, where oil gushes on the surface of the sea water, where the banks make more money by sucking up the bloods of normal people and literally enslaving them, where there is biasing based on wealth, race and status, where poor die on streets due to starvation and rich people buy some nutritious cookies for their dogs and that too from fancy super market, where poor parents can’t educate their kids and rich parents send their kids any where they want knowing or not knowing the fact that their kids would do nothing fruitful but create cigarettes’ ashes, smoke joints and learn nothing, where honest men hardly go further and greedy make their way up, where simple man gets crushed by cruel, where actually being honest is being dumb and being cunning greedy cheap means smart: you can’t just ignore the fact by just saying, THIS IS THE REAL WORLD! I do believe if there is a day so called, DOOMSDAY, we deserve it. Maybe that way, we achieve equality, and wash our sins of our forefathers. But I too, being a normal human being, don’t want the equality. DOOMSDAY was Mayans’ believe, so I wish they have it and not my countrymen. Hah! God sees the truth but waits, and he waits and he waits until he sees another truth and waits over that one too eventually forgetting what he was waiting for.

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