Equality. Such a strong word, yet such a vague one. In a world torn by laws, rights, violence, racism, weakness, and injustice, equality can easily dissipate into the air. Were men and women created equal? Is one race really superior to the other? Do gays have the same rights as straights?
Many years ago, people were bound by strict rules about association, gender, religion, politics, and way of life in general. But slowly, through each passing year, things have changed. Slowly, those seeming “inequalities” have disappeared into the fights for freedom and equality. It’s as if we have been constantly tapping our foot on an imposing line symbolizing boundary, and constantly pushing and moving that solid line inch by inch, day by day, until the time came when what we have first recognized as taboo is now accepted as the norm.
‘Liberty and equality’
Before, gays were illicit citizens of the earth. Now, we have laws upholding their rights in our society, although not in every place. Before, slaves and minorities were rendered untouchable. Now, everyone can mingle with everybody else, and have a fair shot at leadership. Before, women were deprived of education and work because they were meant to stay at home to tend to house chores. Today, women can have the same school and work opportunities with men.
These are but a few changes that came about through our long and winding history of inequality and equality. Not every country enjoys this liberty. Not every person gets the same opportunity. But slowly, slowly, slowly, we hope that someday, we can achieve true liberty and equality for everyone. But only time will tell when that day would be.
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