The existence of human in this world can only be considered fulfilled when there is fairness or equity within the social setting or ecosystem. Anything, deliberately or otherwise which can disrupt equitable sharing of resources, may lead to oppression, segregation and unhealthy creation of social classes. Yes, it is understandable that, by nature, social classes are inevitable, however, the gap between the poor and rich; and, free and oppressed; must be managed to create a fair balance in any society. The creation of this fair balance (better society), where the poor and oppressed would have privileges of human dignity, just like the rich and free. All over the world, the main tenet of constitutions of Nations is to ensure human rights are respected to the core. The existence of these rights is to ensure an equity, justice and fairness.
It is therefore unfortunate that, huge gaps still exist between the underprivileged and the elite class in our societies, when it comes to equity, justice and fairness. The most singular thing that we must remember is that, in a society where the few privileged oppressed the majority underprivileged, security is not granted. Permit me to quote Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle, “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” In most of our societies, what the average person needs are good health care, safe food and water, good education, good roads and accessible and efficient transport system, dignified jobs and a fair justice system. When these are provided, the balance between the rich and underprivileged would be established. We have no choice as a people but to ensure a better society. As J. F. Kennedy, once said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Basic needs such as safe food and water, good health care and education, should not be scarce like the existence of snow in the Sahara Desert. Let those privileged to be at the helm of affairs in every society remember the dying underprivileged, when formulating and implementing policies. Indeed, a better society is non-negotiable!
Haruna Gado Yakubu