The grey area between equality and diversity in the 21st Century
The 21st January 2013 marks the 84th Martin Luther King Jnr day, a day of splendid and periodic pride for Americans and quite frankly everyone around the world touched by his timid and peaceful impact on the civil rights movement. His manner and passion for civil rights has made it possible for civil rights as a term to be currently defined in the progressive and ‘socially inclusive’ era. Martin Luther King Jnr was a pacifist who believed in equality for all. It is hard at times to fathom that a human being of his calibre existed in such a simple and oppressive paradigm of ideologies.
What’s more, is that these ideologies were realities, the exploration of equality and diversity it is not a simple argument where it can be concluded that we (all) intellectual, powerful and dynamic have surrendered that power to the state and government, but we have reached a state where we will section off our sensibilities and human instinct to help someone out in need without any foreseeable reward. Everyone likes structure and it is important to psychologically take care of yourself and others in your immediate surroundings , that is and of itself character building, but when did it get to a point where we can now make fun of poverty in light-hearted ‘Facebook memes’.
We don’t probe further into the system otherwise we are viewed as outlandish tyrants that refuse to conform to the norm of judicial decisions and viewed as believing we are above the law. Peaceful protesting is a very admirable and intelligent approach, but at what point do we shout to let our voices be heard at what extent does the dreary day to day spin on news become too much for us. Particularly in the UK Do we continue to believe that because things are happening out there that are beyond one person’s control we should just ignore, how is that we still make judgements and perpetuate stereotypes in the supposed age of tolerance and acceptance. Is a sense of entitlement justified feeling that we must have a certain social standing to be deemed successful as our peers? There are still hesitations we make when dealing with the truth about our nature to others why must pride and appearances stop human beings from seeking truth and not just what a newscaster has told them this is how the ‘other half’ live. Being ‘normal’ and straight-laced and confined to a comfort zone is not necessarily fulfilling, to take off our tinted shades and embrace globalisation is truly what life can be about.