Because we are not created equal. Some are stronger than others. Some are richer than others. Some can bear children while others cannot. Some have connections that allow them to get away with murder, while others spend years behind bars for victimless crimes. Some are fortunate to be born to a life full of abundance and opportunities while others struggle to see another day. While the list of our inequalities can go on and on, it is important to note that just because we are not equal; it does not mean we cannot get along. Just because we are different; it does not mean we cannot be one. Just because we are separated by circumstances, it does not mean we cannot connect.
Let us consider the human body as an example. The human body is functional due to a complex collaboration of various organs. Each organ is different in size, texture, shape and color, each one of them functions differently in order to serve its own purpose. Are they equal? No. Some play a huge role in the body’s survival while others play a smaller supportive role, yet non-the less, the supporting organs are a vital part of a functioning body. While the organs are different in their own right; the body cannot survive without each and every one.
Much like the human body, each one of us has its own purpose in the world and like the organs we can help support one another. The strong can lift the weak, the rich can help the poor, and the wise can teach the inquisitive. However, for this to effectively work it must come from the heart. We cannot enforce this behavior with laws; we cannot guarantee it by force. This will only lead to resentment and animosity. Good actions are always voluntary, they are never coerced and since every child is born with a good heart, every one of them has the potential to never learn hate.
So instead of striving to be equal, let’s strive to respect one another. Let’s build a foundation of understanding of our own unique strengths and learn to love and respect one another for what we are as well as for what we are not. I may not believe in equality but I wholeheartedly believe in the power of unity and humanity.
Love, Peace and Unity