Equality is a principle that we all embrace with great enthusiasm. It is an ideal that honours the spirit of community and fair-mindedness. Acting on this high standard is where we encounter challenges to our value and belief systems. “Walking the talk”, is very different from engaging in a theoretically discussion.
Mary Douglas (1921-2007), a British anthropologist who was known for her work on human culture, symbolism and social anthropology, wrote, “Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.”
Equality is worth the frustration, the revision, the monitoring. We strive towards an ideal. What we do in the present may only be realized beyond our timeline. Our efforts, in the long-term, will not be in vain. Fanny Wright (1795-1852), lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist and social reformer, was resolved on this point. “Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.”