Okay, this post might be a little more fired up and aggravated than those of my previous works, but it comes with good reason and good intention.
There is a major problem facing our modern society today and it needs to be addressed this instant. And the solution will come with all of us. Each of us plays a major role in either adding to the problem or helping to resolve it, so the outcome truly is up to you.
The problem is this:
Whether it be related to race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, religion, age, no matter what the differences may be that make us who we are, there is inequality facing each of these groups today. Essentially, every single person in the world is being discriminated and judged in some manner or another.
This needs to stop.
Everyone is created equal. Let me repeat that: Every single person in this world is created equal. No matter who you may be, no matter who you may love, no matter what you might be able to do or not do, no matter how old you are, no matter your talent, no matter your body parts, no matter how you choose to present yourself, no matter what skin tone you might have, no matter how much money you have in your pocket, no matter what, each and every single one of us is created equally. No one has any inherent characteristic about them that they were born with that makes them better than anyone else. It is a human right to be treated with fairness, respect, kindness, and equality; all of these are qualities that are distributed disproportionately to people around the world.
We Are All Equal
This is not a biological problem; this is a social problem. This is an issue with society, with who we are as a people. This is an issue we present upon ourselves because of our inability to love one another, to accept one another, and to cherish one another as human beings of which we all are and of which we are all equal.
We judge one another. We hate one another. We ridicule one another. We discriminate one another. As a society, we do all of these things to each other. Even if we don’t intentionally mean to, we still do. In fact, I experienced a situation similar to this just a few moments ago as I was sitting down to write this article. I walked to an open seat in the library and a group of young students were at the table beside me, talking. One of the students said they would never be able to have children because they would not want to have a child that grew up to be gay, disabled, less fortunate, or have any quality about them that would make society view them as “undesirable.” Little did this student know that their comments were discriminating within themselves because sitting at the table next door is a gay man, myself. And their words essentially reinforced the societal view that gays are immoral people, as are anyone who is not of the higher-class and of light skin tone.
Critics are going to argue against my point, stating that we are becoming “too soft” as a society, where no one can speak their mind without someone else becoming offended. Yes, that last statement tends to be true: Most of the time, when we speak our minds, we are offending at least one person. And why? Because the words we are speaking are indeed offending, full of discriminating tones and notions that put certain groups of people over one another and that are judgmental to people different from ourselves.
And words hurt. You never know what someone is going through. The person who hears your words might be battling a struggle within themselves and their life that negative, judgmental words can foster a worsening situation to come upon them. For example, I struggle with mental illness. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder which means I naturally go through cycles of major depression and hypomanic episodes, simply because of the way my brain is wired. And this is a part of who I am. And I love it because it makes me, well, me. But the feelings and emotions I feel, especially in my major depressive times, can be difficult to hear. When people would call me “fag” or discriminate against gay people in larger contexts or would even go as far to tell me to “kill myself,” I seriously contemplated doing so. They didn’t realize how hurtful their words were because they couldn’t see the situation I had been working thorough, but their words still affected me negatively, nonetheless.
The point is:
We must be respectful to everyone. No matter who they might be, we must be respectful to them and to the world. We must cherish one another as human beings because that’s what we all are, we are all human beings. None of us are greater than any other; we are all the same. No matter the social cards we have been dealt, we are all the same. We are all human beings with emotions and feelings that need to be respected, not judged or discriminated against. None of us are entitled to anything above one another; we are all the same.
Love and Peace
We must stop disrespecting one another. It is killing us, literally and figuratively, as individuals and as a society. We must not judge one another. We must not be hateful toward one another, we must not be aggravators of driving a nail between one another, we must be sewers of a fabric that connects us all together with one another as who we are: Human beings.
Love and peace is the answer. It’s what we desire, what we are working toward. In order to achieve this, we must take action within ourselves, being the light we want to shine within the world. Change starts with us. Make sure yours is positive.