“Equality of Opportunity”
was the phrase he used as we were sitting out in the sun drinking specialist beer in the backstreets of an up-and-coming suburb.
It’s that which exactly winds me up, or inspires me, depending which way I’m looking at it.
I *hate* that humans pigeon-hole each other
racism, sexism, ageism, heightism, classism, …: by defining groups, creating equality, those very communities and -positive- associations that give us belonging, and attributing them to -negative- presumptions: why does it even make sense to do the negative association? We are all individuals with unidentified potential.
I *love* that humans are our own underdogs
whomever you meet, see, talk to, read about, listen to, watch, pass-by, encounter, …: each equally has their own aspirations, inspirations, dreams, innate capabilities, things to learn, potential to fulfil. And seeing those that defy their (mental) confines, make their own opportunities to become themselves and, in doing so, become others’ super-heroes, is Just Freaking Awesome.