The Myth of Equality
By Lisok James Moses
For years I have been wondering when and where the word Equality/gender equality or Inequality originated from and how it has come to affect our daily lives or state of nature. “Perhaps man is against its kind.”
What is Inequality and equality? Inequality can be defined as difference in size, degree, circumstances, etc; lack of equality. Or according to the Cambridge English dictionary, inequality is the unfair situation in a society when some people have more opportunities, money, etc. than other people. Or an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people. Whereas equality is the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities or treating everyone the same.
In Genesis 24, God said, “Let there be the land to produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground and the wild animals, each according to its kinds,” and God saw that it was good. In 26, then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground.” In verse 27, God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them.
Surely if God really created every creature with its opposite sex at the same time, why did it take him that long to bring Man’s opposite sex [woman]? Is it through these verses that Man derived his mastery ideologies of superiority to suppress women for being the first to be created before woman and rule over other creatures indiscriminately without any judgment for being created in special way? Or did man intentionally manipulate the original text of these verses or just created such text only to suits his interest of superiority over his opposite sex and nature?
Hello! I personally believe all Men and Women are equal and were created on the same day and have similarly equal opportunities and privileges in our societies. Anyway, does such a thing as Equality, gender equality or inequality really exist? Yes! Inequality exists while Equality doesn’t exist and if I may say it’s just a myth like any other fairytale story handed over from one generation to another. But Perhaps the little dot (.) that women enjoy today as claimed by many including Faith based and international bodies as a breakthrough in equality or gender equality is nothing but just a “Cat and Mouse’’ form of equality.
Inequality’s history is as old as humanity and so is equality. The struggle for equality seems to be far from reach and the fight has thus far been unsuccessful over the years. Anyone who starts a struggle to bring an end to inequality in any society will indeed succeed only to bring in another form of inequality that suits his/her ideology or believes together with his group.
One may ask if gender equality/inequality is earned or it’s a fundamental natural right. However Man’s mastery is crystal clear fairytales ideologies yet it has existed to the information age. Such ideologies have been modeled for centuries and its foundation has been concretely laid. Cultures or cultures presented in form of religions supports women restrictions, discrimination and marginalization. Indeed it will be a rebellious act against men if women try to agitate and fight for their fundamental rights. In Saudi Arabia, women have been ban from driving a mere car because it’s haram (forbidden) in their community/country until recently someone of the same male sex who happens to be the crown Prince of the Land removed that long live-time ban if I may term lifted the ban and no horrific catastrophes have befallen the land yet again that credit is going to the male sex. In other countries/communities women/girls can’t choose themselves husbands yet this is a relationship that affects them directly. A Muslim Woman can’t marry a non-Muslim unless the man who intends to marry the Muslim girl converts to Islam and any resistance from the lady to marry the non-Muslim without converting the boy is a grievous act. I may simply say this is another way recruiting more followers to this religion other than the natural reality [Humanness]. Our own African is exception. Anyway everything has been made beautiful in its time.
Today women are suffering from all sorts of unfair treatment and in fact they are the most marginalized community of the world. Indeed we can see the kind of businesses the children of God are busy with under the sun during their few days of life. Who knows, maybe this might be man’s continuous ideology of mastery and superiority isolating itself from nature.
May be there is nothing like equality in this living temporary violent male-dominated world. Oh, why do we even have to live only to die at the end?
Perhaps the Mythical equality could be the reason for most of the rebellions and struggle across the globe of which our own South Sudan isn’t any different because people want to be the same and on the same level with access to everything. Of course as humans, we certainly live in scripted societies and scripted lives. For example in the scramble & petition of Africa where the powerful nations of the world divided the continent according to their conquerors e.g. Uganda can’t use the Nile water for irrigation though the source is at her territory and running through to the Mediterranean sea because Egypt is one of the great nations of the world and the great nations of the world has signed treaties about the usage of the Nile water where it has greater share over its usage. Recently, Egypt has been having problems that are even threatening their diplomatic ties and economic relations with Ethiopia because Ethiopia is building a dam along the Nile and within her territory. Hence, one would wonder if we’re living in societies where inequality is viciously presented as Equality or is Equality is a scripted piece of live.
In our traditional African communities, clarification of work is stratum and divided accordingly. Girls generally are given lighter duties to perform but that alone justifies man’s mastery ideologies over women. Perhaps men are just ignorant about the reality of the strength of a woman and simply impose on him such dreadful ideology that has haunted him for centuries about being the master of all creatures. But I believe what happens to the fool will happen to the wise. What happens to the poor will happen to the rich. What happen to the civilian will happen to those holding guns. All will die. Today, we have women in the Army and Police force arguably performing equal roles to men and perhaps better.
Today animals are being controlled. We have them in Zoos and gazette others in games parks, fish in ponds etc. Man would have spared equality for his opposite sex [woman]. For what happens to the children of man what happens to the beast is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beast; all go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of the man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth. Ha! Maybe the thunder that is yet to strike Man over inequality is still taking energy drinks.
Until then, inequality will always exist in our societies and advocating for equality shall always be an imminent rebellious act against man’s concretely laid foundation of mastery ideology and superiority over nature supported by its created manipulated and unconfirmed strong philosophical texts in form of religion(s) and cultures. Any fight to resist inequality will always result to an imminent confrontations and backlash.
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