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The obsession of social equality

Social equality or in some cases "inequality" has become a biased norm driven without a baseline of what we are measuring how equal we are. Usually, we are even confused if we understand the term – equality – and what which aspects of equality are we talking about. Are we comparing ourselves to social, economic and political characteristics, or talking about rights and privileges as an individual or as part of the society? Or is it the quality of services we sustain on our rights?

While equality is a phenomenon mixed up in a spaghetti bowl, often it’s difficult to distinguish one factor (social) with another (economic or political). One is closely in direct or indirect connection with other. For example; social equality – the general phenomenon of how we talk about equality – is a social state of rights and affairs an individual believes should be granted, though he/s is from a certain society group or not. Equal rights to vote, to medical services, education, employment, freedom of speech and various form of safety nets and securities are socially accepted as rights that a state owes its citizens, regardless of their ethnic or social classes. Nonetheless, if a better educated person (with their individual efforts and determination) submits to a better employment with additional benefits such as private insurance or housing, how can that be not equal compared to a common man in a simple employment and housing. Hence, there comes in the economic and political factors that often promotes and creates a boundary between who is more equal than the other.

I do agree that there is no framework or design that can deliver the “perfect social equality” output, however ideal the political and economic growth of the state is. However, for me inequality comes in when there are discrepancies in services and rights provided to two or more people of the same characteristics and ability (the baseline), and it all comes down to social issues. It’s about the justice and fairness of the frameworks on how we can accommodate our rights, starting from our own home, to community and to state, and is strongly linked to our personality. While many of us ignore to judge or analyze ourselves in our home, or in our neighborhood, it often creates a problem when we represent ourselves as a society in front of the state. Then it is waxed as the discrimination of human rights which undermines our basic human necessities and liberal international policies that forces each human should be treated equally and just.

In today’s world we are becoming obsessed with equality, our lives have become consumed on comparing ourselves with each other, inspecting who has got it better, who deserves it better and how we fit in the paradox. We are fanatical about belonging in the most royal social classes that we stop to breathe and think, is the humanity in a competition? dominating ourselves with “what is not” then “what is”.

About Fathmath Shifa (22 Articles)
Closet writer

2 Comments on The obsession of social equality

  1. Great post, and a very interesting angle in viewing the subjective term “equality”.

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