Equality is a wider term than one would think. It implies equal respect and status to all the living in all the phases of life, whether at home or at the office or on the streets, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, skin color or ethnicity.
Now, we hear almost every day how people are being promoted or given raise or recruited to a job just because they belong to a particular race (or cast) or are from the same state/city. How people are being assaulted or jailed or worst killed because they are black (latest from American news). How Indians are being killed across the border (violating LOC laws) because they are from a different religion (latest from Indian news). How women are being treated as third class citizens even in this 21st century and if they happen to be black then the conditions are even worse. How LGBTQ community is still struggling for recognition. It’s disrespectful and inhumane. What I don’t understand is how are we, humans, instead of evolving into more intelligent and tolerable human beings, drastically sliding down the slope of humanity? The crimes against humanity are increasing in frequency day by day. It’s horribly shocking.
I mean did we learn nothing from the history? That violence in any form or at any level is catastrophic. Initially, to the individuals who are under its direct influence and then while spreading to a larger scale, violence becomes genocide. It’s never been beneficial, not to a person or nation or religion, to none at all. All that violence has brought us is increased violence with a lot more blood and pain. Be it domestic violence or street violence or violence at the nation’s borders.
The only way we stand united is if we have the same social status as enjoyed by the privileged people. What those privileged need to understand is that we(the general workforce) together are many more in count compared to them and if we don’t get what we deserve (which is respect) than they will not have what they hold so dear(money and the luxury it buys them). Now, those people will say- bring it on. But beware, if we stop working even for a week, it’s them who are going to lose much more than we will. Just for instance- if all of the women decide not to participate in their normal, regular routines for a week’s time, then the world of men will start trembling and eventually crumble, and they will beg for the women to come back. And the worst would be if women decide to live among themselves till the time men officially and personally declare and prove that they will respect women at all times and places.
Now, I know that some men might be thinking that they know women and that women can’t survive together, they will rather kill each other with jealousy and hate instead of living together. But it is not so at all. We have grown, unlike men of course. We seek each other’s support rather than “conspiring” against each other. So, now I wonder what will the “socially privileged” men do? Will they test their false assumptions to risk it all? or Would they admit to giving us what we deserve, their respect?
Equality for everyone whether social, economic or at the workplace or at every other possible places or under different scenarios or situations irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, skin color is a very important tool and maybe the only tool necessary for the world’s survival against the raging war among the genders and LGBTQ.