Equity, not equality
“Equality”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read/hear/think of this word? Well, my Oxford dictionary defined it as 'be equal to’. When you think of “equality”, you might probably picturise of something equal in quantity, size, value etc. In our day to day life, on television news channels and in newspapers we come across people dissatisfied with the government or society for not receiving equality, i.e. equality of genders, equality of migrants, equality of different castes, equality of different races etc. And in some lucky cases people actually succeed in achieving those so-called “equalities”. But are they really up to use?
Now imagine, three gentleman of three different heights i.e. 1st gentleman of height 170cm, 2nd gentleman of height 160cm and 3rd gentleman of height 150cm. All three of them struggling to watch a cricket match while standing behind a wall of 180cm by height. And they found 6 blocks of wood each of 10cm beside them. Now according to the term “equality”, they will have to distribute those 6 blocks equally between themselves and will end up procuring 2 blocks each. But now despite the “equality" provided to them, the 3rd gentleman would still struggle to watch the match peacefully as the other two gentlemen would successfully reach the 180cm goal by using those blocks of wood but the 3rd gentleman would end up at 170cm hence unable to watch the match.
Now my friend this is where the entry of “equity” takes place. If instead of distributing those blocks equally among them, they distributed the blocks according to their needs all of them would have been able to watch the match with leisure by the end.
This is how “equity” can be considered as more important than that of “equality”. Today the crisis our country, society and we as youths are facing are all due to this ignorance towards knowledge between the difference between the above two words and their meanings. The resources we are using are might be equal in terms of value to all the citizens but the rich are living lavishly and yet the poor are drowning in hunger, in poverty. Posting on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter won’t make any difference instead of just forwarding it for couple of days and then forgetting this problem forever.
The difference starts with you! Don’t wait for someone else to make the first move because no one’s so courageous as you. Be the difference. Hashtags don’t make difference.
Ask for equity, not equality.