Equality – What Does it Mean?

Equality is a word that is being bandied about in the corporate world, but what does it mean? And what does it mean for us socially, in our local communities, and for us as individuals?

In the business world, equal pay for women is a recurring theme, and many organisations ensure that pay levels are the same for particular jobs, regardless of whether the employee is a man or a woman. However, it is also a well known fact that there are more men in higher levels of work, so logically their average pay will be higher across the board.

For example, in Australia:

  • Women make up 15.4% of CEO positions
  • Although 27.4% of key management personnel positions are held by women, one-quarter of organisations continue to have no women in those positions whatsoever
  • Women hold 33% of senior management roles
  • Women represent 23.6% of board directors. (1)

So, although politically equality is supposed to be in place, in reality, it’s not and there are other areas where inequality is still rife.

My own experience of inequality is two-fold:

  1. I was born in the Middle East where girl babies are not appreciated as much as boy babies, and even though my parents were both English, we were surrounded by an Arab community that felt sorry for my father because he had three girls. My parents didn’t impose any views about my being a girl, but I hated being a girl; I felt that girls were weak and I wanted to be a boy. I even did engineering at university where I was the only girl in a class of 72 men. I soon moved out of engineering and into working with people, but it has taken me a long time to understand what it means to live as a woman and to appreciate the strengths and qualities of stillness, tenderness and nurturing that I can bring.
  2. I was mainly brought up in the UK, attending a Catholic boarding school while my parents were still abroad. In England particularly, there is still a class system of snobbery – you are judged on the size of your house, the job you do and many other factors, and we were brought up to look down on others, to dismiss people who were living on the streets, for example.

I look back in horror at the attitudes I developed as a result of these ways of being. Since meeting Serge Benhayon, and hearing him explain how truly equal we all are, I have taken a different viewpoint. Instead of constantly putting myself down or the opposite, looking down upon others, I am beginning to understand that everyone is the same deep inside, just expressing who they are in different ways.

I am learning the joy of knowing that everyone we meet, no matter how they are living, can present us with a different perspective on life and it is not for us to judge, but to simply observe. Not to get sucked in or feel sympathy or jealousy or any emotion – just observe. We all have an innate ability to read people and situations, and the more we allow that awareness to be, the more easily we can understand what’s going on in the world and allow what is, whilst at the same time taking steps towards making a positive contribution to humanity.

As I see it, my responsibility is to develop my ability to feel, to honour what I feel and to express from my essence, that point of deep connection with the inner stillness we all have within. From there I can feel the essence of everybody I meet, knowing that we are all the same. No one is less or more, I am not less or more, I am the same as you, you are the same as me.

This is my current understanding of equality and what it means. Although I have qualifications in engineering, management and teaching, in recent years I have been doing what some may see as more menial jobs (cleaner, checkout girl, café assistant). I’ve let go of the identification with what I do and I am having fun meeting everybody as equals. I’m learning that it’s the quality we bring to everything that we do that matters.

As I look around the world, I feel sad at the wars that are taking place, fuelled by religion, jealousy, greed – all the emotions that come from people feeling separate and unequal to others. It makes me even more aware of how every time I judge or criticise another – or feel in any way less or superior – that I too am contributing to that sense of inequality. We all need to understand, though in our outward expression we may be different, in our deepest essence we are the same. We have all made different choices and where we are is the result of those choices, but we are all on the same path of return to whence we came, and it is for us to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate each other as equals on this path.

By Carmel Reid, Catering Assistant, Somerset UK

(1) http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/statistical-overview-women-workforce

Related Reading:
~ Warzone kitchens: Michelin stars, gender equality and fire in our bellies
~ International Women’s Day: In the pledge for parity, we’re fighting a war we cannot win
~ The Gentle Breath Meditation™ – How It has Supported Me to Feel Again
~ Women Speak 101

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835 thoughts on “Equality – What Does it Mean?

  1. There is so much we can learn from each other and every interaction we have with another we have the potential to grow each other or not.

  2. It makes me even more aware of how every time I judge or criticise another – or feel in any way less or superior – that I too am contributing to that sense of inequality”. Agreed Carmel. True e-quality is an inner quality and energy we bring to others.

  3. ” We all need to understand, though in our outward expression we may be different, in our deepest essence we are the same.” Important to share this Carmel, diversity in its essence is about connectedness not separation.

  4. When we come to the knowing that we are all one and come from the same source, we get to feel the meaning of what the word equality truly means.

  5. With the realisation that we are all equally the same in essence, we can appreciate what each of us brings in the quality of our connection with our essence and thus our unique expression reflects another part of the whole and our interconnectedness with each other.

  6. A very humbling read Carmel. It’s very honouring to feel the equality as you have written. It’s a blessing to feel we are all Equal; and using the power of observation we can receive so much of who someone is as well as all their choices. The power of grace as expression through listening and continually letting another in.

  7. Relationships with people have changed dramatically since being aware of the fact we are all of the same Divine Essence and thus in equal-ness with all. It is our thoughts and emotions that keep us in the old game of separation.
    “We all need to understand, though in our outward expression we may be different, in our deepest essence we are the same”.

  8. If we all did understand that we are all the same in essence we would certainly be looking at a very different world but as it is individuality reigns the day and sadly keeps us all in separation.

  9. I am exceedingly understanding that it is simply our spirit that relishes in the perceived and often self created differences. It thrives on being separate and identified with something. Yet in my heart I know there is no difference between any of us really and can’t wait for that day when we all choose to return to being one once again.

  10. I wonder what the world would be like if we actually realised we are all the same, and someone’s thoughts, beliefs, choice of religion or political party or career or how they run they’re life are all just personal choices and don’t actually ever change the fact we are all the same and we are all here for the same reason.

  11. We pick up so much from what is reflected around us and in being judgemental with ourselves and others we miss the opportunities that present to learn and evolve from. The more open we are to truly observe the situations around us the more we are aware and able to respond.

  12. “I am learning the joy of knowing that everyone we meet, no matter how they are living, can present us with a different perspective on life and it is not for us to judge, but to simply observe.” we can learn and understand so much about people and life, when we come from observation rather than judgment, we are all travellers on the same path way back to Soul.

  13. A great point if I play less or consider myself superior to another, then I am adding to inequality in the world … there is always a choice, and if we bring the quality of who we are to all in life then we support a space for others to do likewise.

  14. If the smallest cog in a clock mechanism is not working then the whole system grinds to a halt and it is the same in society where everyone has an equal part to play.

  15. ‘Equality’, ‘Transparency’, ‘Integrity’ – these and many more buzz words used across the world to make a pitch or speech or policy sound great, but do we know what these words mean when lived in their true quality? We can say equality every other sentence, but until it is lived nothing will truly become equal.

  16. The whole ‘equality’ discussion is mostly based on a right and wrong energy and on separation. From this foundation truth can never emerge. We are all from the same source, just like you wrote:
    ‘I can feel the essence of everybody I meet, knowing that we are all the same. No one is less or more, I am not less or more, I am the same as you, you are the same as me.’

  17. A beautiful sharing that everyone is the same inside we just express differently. This changes how we approach equality and allows me to appreciate people more – seeing that we all have a choice to see each other more equally. And that equality is not about comparing what we have or what we do but the QUALITY we each bring.

  18. The majority of the discussion about equality seems to hinge on equal pay. It seems such a shame that we don’t take this deeper as equal pay is only a tiny aspect of equality. What is the point of equal pay if you are still not treated equally? The trouble is money and self interest rule and we make the error of following along with this.

  19. “I am learning the joy of knowing that everyone we meet, no matter how they are living, can present us with a different perspective on life and it is not for us to judge, but to simply observe.” So true Carmel. It is an opportunity to appreciate everyone we meet when there is no judgement or comparison.

  20. I too grew up with a belief that women were lesser and can feel that this is how I have always held myself. What I am coming to realise is that this then is a self fulfilling prophecy. Whatever we put out is what we get back.

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