The fight for human rights has been a part of the collective imagination for centuries now. The religious and civil wars of seventeenth-century without doubt played a significant part in the emergence of liberalism which allowed for the belief in this movement to manifest as a dominant force in the collective consciousness – our culture. However, like all movements we should aspire to learn, grow and move on!
I’d like to invite you to look closely at the concept of equality. Equality is not a physical or tangible object, we can’t touch equality – it’s a feeling. Therefore, to see equality within our experience we have to ‘feel’ equal within our very ‘being’. Equality is an inside job – the responsibility lies at the level of the individual, not society or our government institutions. However, since unconscious bias has its roots in society today how many of us actually stop to question the efficacy and sustainability of our current methods to transform any plea for equal rights.
If you look closely at the very nature of equality and the human behaviour that surrounds it you’ll start to notice that small acts of inequality are performed on a daily basis, whether people are aware of it not, and it’s these small acts that have a profound and long-term effect on our lives and what we manifest as a collective.
‘Anything the places someone or anything else higher than yourself is an act of inequality’.
For example, I am Gay, Straight, Black, White, Catholic, Muslim…the list goes on. The concepts of royalty and celebrity are also very relevant here – anything the places someone or anything else higher than yourself is an act of inequality.
We live in a culture obsessed with the need to judge or label who we are or what we are experiencing. Instead of paving the way for change these judgements or labels only serve to hinder the capacity for change. The mere act of judgment is confirmation that what you are experiencing is real, along with the force to eliminate, which only serves to reinforce the existence – illusion – of the very thing we are judging. In the case, and many others, these experiences – of inequality – are brought into creation by the focus of the many, becoming a collective issue – a global issue.
Recommended reading: ‘Biocentrism’ by Robert Lanza offers a relatable scientific explanation of the concept of illusion and the movement of energy that underpins the human experience.
As we adopt a more mindful approach to living you’ll notice that life still continues without the need to perform these acts, and amazingly, by not partaking in judgement of any kind we actually create the space and capacity for change – naturally and effortlessly.
‘We are born equal! It’s what we hold in our minds that tells us otherwise and therefore becomes our reality’.
Not to rain on the parade, but ironically one’s external fight for equality, is in truth, a self-imposed act of inequality. However revered, admirable or noble it may appear the movement towards equality is a part of the problem and not the solution to radical transformational change.
Whilst the celebration of courageous individuals and past triumphs can be a beautiful thing, is there not always some other cause, fight or battle to win?
It’s evident that we are still experiencing the problems related with age old issues, only repackaged and presented in a different form. This tells us that inequality unaddressed is a chameleon. When feelings of inequality are left unattended experiences are brought forth to reflect the subsequent lack of change in our state of being. Although it may appear that we have won a particular fight for equal rights the manifestation simply shape shifts only to remerge elsewhere within our experience.
To fight for equality from the level of ‘effect’ (form), and not the ’cause’ (feeling), and then expect it not to manifest elsewhere is an utter fallacy.
We’re simply repeating experiences and not diving deeper to interrogate or understand the very nature of them – history proves this. Which is why we should be unsatisfied with mimicking the popular and instead striving to explore the power of self-reflection and self-actualisation.
Quieten the mind and you will intrinsically play part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen; our state of being – our culture.
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