The world is filled with so much injustice, inequality and cruelty. It’s the 21st century yet racism is still a devastating issue, with the police in the US able to shoot a black life almost with ease if they blame it on ‘self defence.’ Gender discrimination still suppresses the majority of our population, as we teach girls to cover up or guard their drinks, instead of teaching boys not to pray on girls like meat. Disgusting cases of rape still go disregarded, where victims are blamed or inadequate sentences are given. Society is still divided by those burdened by poverty and homelessness, while others enjoy affluence and privilege.
How have we allowed such a world to develop? Why is it that our lives are characterised by the social circumstances we were accidentally born into? Politicians preach the message of meritocracy and equality of opportunity, but I can see this is not the case. If a child has nurturing, loving, educated parents, the likelihood of that child going to university and reaching a high earning job are far great than a child born into disfunction and poverty; regardless of each child’s individual effort. Meritocracy, can never break our deeply ingrained social hierarchy.
So I see this plethora of inequality in our consumer driven society and I want to make a change. I can’t been content in a world that allows such injustice. My passion makes me angry and upset, how can other people not agree with me? Why are they so selfish? My parents on numerous occasions have had to sit me down and tell me that not everyone is going to agree with my point of view. They tell me to calm down and not let things get to me go much.
So for the past year I have been exploring a variety of potential professions, be it law, journalism or cooking and all of which I love and might possibly pursue. Yet if i simply neglect the injustice I witness on a daily basis I would be filled with so much guilt. I need to make a difference, things need to change. This does not mean I have to solely devout my life to tackling inequality, but I will stand up for justice in every small, but significant way I can. I will call people out for sexism and racism, I will not eat meat or wear leather, I will attend protest movements and sign human
Do not let anyone silence your passion. I’m going to make a difference, will you?