The Equal Mind

This image was sourced from the internet. What captured my attention is how the owner wanted to convey his/her thoughts. Every photograph has a message and this one seems weird but quite effective in grabbing attention.

I find it eerie but fascinating. The goth community loves images of this kind. They are always misunderstood but they have a different culture that is weird for most of us. Like other sectors of this society, we need to study their culture before we judge them. To understand the perspective of those called “weird” might be a refreshing experience. After all, we want the same for our advocacy and principles as well.

Our society is always bias to what has popular following. In return, we have forgotten that the truth is not always popular or self-serving, but it is deserving of acknowledgement. We cannot segregate the unpopular truth from its opposite. We need to build an institution that embraces an “equal mind.”

What is an Equal Mind? An equal mind does not advance uniformity nor unchallenged perception. I am always for a healthy debate and objective understanding of any system. My idea of a equal mind is something that addresses “equal footing and equal opportunities and rights.” No one can argue about equal rights because it is provided for in the Philippine Constitution (read: I was born in the Philippines).

I just brought up this issue to invite you to think more deeply on setting the perimeters of social status on the zero level. I am not saying that we should ignore those who have more personal achievements than the rest. What I am exactly saying is for us to consider thinking that the government resources should be shared equally and that everyone, regardless of their status in life, should have a fair say on the running of their respective community affairs.

Sadly, this is not new to most of us. We are all aware of this. That is why many street activists drumbeat ” equality” as a must in our socio-political mainstream. It is a fact that when we want to institutionalize fairness, we want equality.

I might sound idealistic but my point is too practical to label as technical. In your daily interaction, you can apply this mentality when you have government funds to divide, and let those who have less have more.

This is just a reminder that in the eyes of God, everyone is equal.