Shout if You Have To

Unequal Terms

Did you know today is Blog Action Day? Join bloggers from around the world and write a post about what inequality means to you. Have you ever encountered it in your daily life?

So many is this world experience inequality in some way.  It is the few, the privileged who possess a surplus of wealth, of power, of a voice that get’s to shout and be louder than the rest.

But for most of human history, this inequality has existed.  It is only with the advent of democracy that people feel that their voice deserves to be heard and acknowledged.  But even at the birth of democracy, in ancient Athens, only a select few (male, land owning citizens of Athens) were able speak publicly (or even appear in public and have their names spoken – i.e. for women this would have been disgraceful behavior.) or to even vote, the most basic right of a democracy.

Yet in our modern society, especially with the means of communication we have now, everybody can share their voice, their ideas, and come together to fight inequality and discrimination.  Never before have people been able to rally so quickly to battle injustice.  Looking at Ferguson, the whole country is now raging – and it maybe it is the time for rage.  The whole world is full of so much anger and fear; but as long as people continue to work together, through that pain and terror, to join together in their ideals, then maybe the inequalities of today will become remnants of a forgone distant past; and what imbalance lies in this world can be made a little less.  Shout if you have to, but speak your ideals and live by them.  Always, you must have hope.

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