For the first time, before writing about a certain topic, I was not sure where to begin. This is because, Equality is such a “touchy subject” and I personally do not think people believe in it any longer.
However, the first thing that came to mind after thinking about it for a while was Nelson Mandela. I thought specifically of this great man because of his fight and struggle for equality in our land and all over the world.
On his release from prison he said in one of his speeches, “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an idea which I hope to live for and to achieve but if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
As many of us know, people all over the world have a strong love and appreciation for Nelson Mandela as our first black president, and his sacrifices he made to end the era of Apartheid. Yet, as a nation we have not respected his deeds enough as right now there is hardly any respect left for one another.
I have not come across a situation where I had to deal with repugnant behaviour, nor have I found myself unable to provide equal care to my patients. I still have a lot of work ahead of me so this may change although I am hoping to treat everyone as I would like to be treated.
On a day to day basis, especially at campus, we are faced with gender, race, culture and sexuality differences. People say that they are not racist and some say they love “gays” yet when they stop at a robot and an African person approaches they lock their doors and roll up their windows as fast as possible. On social networks, we constantly see pictures of superstar Justin Bieber being called gay as if it is a big joke.
When did the world become this way? And when will it ever stop? It was supposed to have stopped already and people say that they are not racist or do not judge one another, yet it is still happening every day.
Society has a created an image of what is right and what is wrong. For example, it is wrong to be homosexual and it is wrong to marry someone from a different race.
We grow up thinking and believing this so it just gets passed down to future generations. I find this kind of thinking very small mined of people, to love and care only for your own, to be closed minded to other experiences and opinions.
Personally, I don’t believe that the equality we should be living in will be achieved any time soon.
To conclude I would like to leave you with the famous Mahatma Gandhi quote as at this moment it may be the only possible change that can make a difference.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”