What does it mean to be ‘equal’? Equal how? Equal to what? When the statement was made that all men are created equal, which equality was being referenced? Was it the more ethereal ‘energy’ we share as human beings, that equality, or was it the notion that each embryo is created with as much future potential as any other? Or was the statement itself a demonstration of inequality because it references men, only? Perhaps all men are created equal. All women are not. That is clear at the outset. Equality is a tricky word. It holds too much promise for too many people who will never get to be ‘equal’ in today’s world. Sadly there are those people.
Equality is about fairness. Balance. Wherever there is an imbalance, there will be discord. The system does not handle discord well. Nor does it create equals. The very system discourages equality, equals. The system is about working your way to the top, surpassing others. It would seem that in the greedy world of capitalists, being equal is never enough. There is the compulsion to be better, to earn more, to have more. To outshine your peers. It becomes an obsession for many people. Perhaps those at the top of the capitalist ladder do have ‘equals’. Perhaps they consider themselves ‘equal’ to people who earn the same as they do. That is perhaps their measure in life.
It is worth fostering equality as an ideal. I think it is an ideal. It is something to strive towards, like peace. Equality is a work in progress. Should it become the norm rather than the exception in the long run, that can be considered an ideal outcome. The child who cannot read or write is not equal, in 2014, to the child who can. The child with access to technology is not equal to the child that does not. This is how it is in our world. Despite the ever-present inequalities, though, and the concerns that these inequalities raise, it is not to say that the ‘unequal’ cannot reach the heights that the ‘equal’ tend to reach. They must just apply themselves to working with what they have and trust that it is enough.
Oops, Japan. Big, big oops. I think it would be safe to say that the Japanese and the Chinese are doing an exceptional job of fucking up the planet for the rest of us. How is Japan going to compensate for killing the Pacific? About 400 tons of poisonous water is leaking into the ocean every single day. Who is going to be held accountable here? Someone better had be held accountable. It is HUMAN error that built a reactor next to a tsunami. Who is Japan to cry about a tsunami washing it away? Nature will do her business and she will make her statements and she will not ever be answerable to man. Ever. He should mind his own business of raping her every facility and realise that the more he infringes on her territory, the more she will protest his presence on her planet. Her animals – every single one of them – is held captive in one way or another, under human control. She accepts that in a world this small, that must be the case. What she does not accept is the way a lot of these animals are forced to live and die.
A handful of people died as a result of the Fukushima disaster. Five, I think. Five human beings for the Pacific? No. I don’t think so. That is a very serious imbalance. Nature likes the scales to be balanced. Please understand that, if you understand nothing else. She will work at equilibrium until she has it perfected and whichever way that goes for the humans is the way it goes. Do not make the mistake of thinking that she feels sad about the plight of the humans. She does not. She is intrigued, perhaps. Disappointed. That is all. Nature is more concerned about sharing her legacy with a future she can anticipate than she is mankind’s eventual extinction. She has the ears of the gods and for now, she shares that legacy with them. Nature still has so many secrets to tell you about yourselves. Don’t kill her.
Fukushima adds to the extensive debt Japan already owes Nature. When they have killed their connection to her entirely, and their very small country becomes uninhabitable – because it will – where, then, will they live? Where will the Chinese live when their pollution and their demons chase them out of the cities, themselves? I think the Japanese and the Chinese will find out then that the rest of the countries on this planet are full-up. They will not be welcome, anywhere. Sorry, the world will say, no space for people like you. It is coming to that.