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March 28, 2016

Equality: What Does it Mean to You

by James R. Yarbrough

Equal is Not Always Equal

Scale of Equality 3-28-16What I believe to be true is that there is no “workable” definition of equality. It is a moving target. Once you think that you just may have achieved it, there it goes again; off and running. Some would say that math is exact but I am not so sure about that. Even if so, for almost all other purposes, it does not exist. How could there possibly be equality when each person sees the other person as not equal to them in some way. Have you ever known equals? Ask yourself that question and see if you know the answer.

How about your family and work life? Is anyone equal in those environments. How about the church, school at work, and any number of other places, are there equals to be found among these folks. Even when there are groups with the same rank, they are not equal among themselves or their influence on others. Think about it before you leave. Better yet, why don’t you stick around, there is much to consider.

Here I go: You should avoid being where no one wants or need what you have. And you do not want or need what they have. No one has what the other one wants or need. There is no meaning in a relationship such as this. There is nothing to benefit and not a thing to gain. Though, if you decide to share in an effort, the benefits and rewards of the effort should be shared. With this shared effort, it must be realized that what each receives from the effort will not be  equal. First off, each one’s motivation will not be the same. So then, the effort by all will not be the same. There is no true way to measure effort when there are so many ways to make it seem to be what it is not; therefore, equality in this instance cannot be measured either. It is this way when there is more than one person involved in an endeavor.

Sharing Two White Girls 3-26-16Are all things that are viewed as equal, equal? To be equal, what is it, you may ask. Is it more than a feeling? In some relationships, if not most, it is what it is thought to be, or not. What are the benchmarks? You think you know it when you see it. For many, it is a state of mind. It is what you see it as being. What it is, is fluid and open to change with a change in status. There is just no agreed way to measure it. With that being so, equal many times is no more than what we feel that it is. It is a thought by those who feel they need it. If it is done to the extent that it is done, too much has been done. It would be trying to make what is outside of you, equal to what you feel inside. I will say, though, there is an outside possibility that it could be made possible.

There is not a thing in life that we can say without a doubt, is equal to another. This is when looked at through the lens of equality. It is a goal that is out of reach because it does not exist beyond conception. Life was not designed to be that way. We cannot get it and we cannot give it. It is a power we do not have. Even when we mean well, it will not happen.

Sharing Two Small Childrens 3-26-16Each thing is different from the other thing. No matter what they may have in common, no two things, of any kind, is the same. And no two outcomes will be the same. All of life is created one life at a time. Each is of its self and stand along. There are no “two lives in one.”

What determines what comes our way is most times by our own design. Not always, but what we do with what comes our way is, no matter the circumstance.

The Messenger Sun Graffiti 2-21-16

 

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