By Zara Mansoor.
All of us are aware of these two most commonly used terms “INEQUALITY” and “POVERTY”, these two terms have become popular terminology in daily life, and then the term comes “Suicide”. Actually these three are interlinked, when inequality prevails, poverty comes then the third one seems to be the last option to stay free from all the dreadful circumstances of life.
Difficult it is to accept, poverty has become a serious issue but what they actually see is inequality which they perceive, in a commonsense, common-parlance way, to mean poverty.
Pakistan is already suffering from some shades of classical social and economic inequality. To think about political participation and power sharing between the rich and poor regardless of gender, class or religion and most importantly where wealth is not concentrated in the hands of a handful, is still a dream for majority of the population in Pakistan. The inequality has dreadful effects, Be it access to justice, adequate nutrition, clean drinking water, enough food, quality education and healthcare, there is growing gap between the rich and poor, coupled with resigned indifference on the part of the state.
Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display it’s horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society – how a minor segment of the society could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair. Poverty and material inequality are enemies of lasting peace and stability. The purpose of freedom is to create it for others. If human hearts refuse to give refuge, then to be human, means nothing at all. We must embrace one another on the basis of justice and equality and nurture the extended family to which we all belong.
No power on this earth can destroy the thirst for human dignity
We’ must, however, not allow differences of opinion to ever paralyze our efforts towards attaining a world free of racial bigotry, hatred, discrimination and intolerance. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite. No one should be treated unequal. This is unbelievable and injustice to a human life. After all, we are all made of clay and everyone will return and the lasting home will be grave once we die. This is totally wrong and cruel. This is not humanity. This is racial profiling and inequality. May God Almighty purify and strengthen our hearts to become better individuals who actually respect a human life. Subject poverty is demeaning, is an assault on the dignity of those that suffer it. In the end, it demeans us all. It makes the freedom of all of us less meaningful. A vote without food, shelter and health care would be to create the appearance of equality while actual inequality is entrenched. We do not want freedom without bread, nor do we want bread without freedom.
No individual is superior over another individual.
In the eyes of God Almighty, we are all equal, regardless of faith, nationality, gender, education, wealth, strength etc.. Reach out to those in need, the less fortunate. It’s only than that we as humanity will realize and value, the true meaning of justice, equality and a human life. Every soul deserves to have the necessities of life and equality.
Zara Mansoor is student of media studies in Islamabad. She is an article writer and a blogger too.