How often have you heard someone go “Hey, I have the right to say this!” or “Hey, I have the right to do this!” or even “all human beings are equal”? More importantly, how often have you said this yourself? And most importantly, have you ever paused to mull over what this ‘right’ or “equality’ means?
Wild guess – I think most of us say this fairly abused, garden-variety statement a lot more than we should, and most of the time when we do, we do so when piqued, and we do so in circumstances that are arguably inapposite.
So let us take a step back and ponder over what exactly we mean by this human right and equality. We all have heard the saying A picture speaks a thousand words. To instill more meaning into what I want to convey, here is a picture with a few words added to it!
More on equality..
The absolute mathematical definition of equality (thank you Wikipedia!) is
a relationship between two quantities or, more generally two mathematical expressions, asserting that the quantities have the same value or that the expressions represent the same mathematical object. The equality between A and B is written A = B, and pronounced A equals B.
We are all either A or B and are equal in all aspects (human rights, social equality, freedom of speech, right to vote, access and so on). Here, A and B differ only in expression, and differ is varying degrees, which means, we are all different avatars of A or B.
Equality is in our own hands. Whether we choose to practice it or ignore it is in our own hands, quite literally. Try this out with your friends and your family
The fingerprint world (Thank you United Nations!)
Take a large sheet of paper and make a thumb print each, with a color of your choice in it. Now each one of you think and then describe this sheet of paper populated with your finger prints, in one sentence. Pick random prints, individually describe them in terms of color, lines, quality, size, position. Explore each print’s uniqueness and at the same time, explore patterns and similarities between prints.
Extrapolate your findings to the topic at hand, equality. The prints’ variations in size, shape etc. are synonymous to the human character and appearances which are merely expressions, while prints’ similarities such as them being human, them conforming to a certain size and also a similarity in pattern refers to the all-encompassing equality.
Equality is more than a term, it is a practice. The more you practice it, the more you can embrace and enjoy it.