I will soon have to deliver an oration for my speech class. I am going to share it here. 🙂
In history class, we’ve been having discussion about different revolutions wherein its agenda cried for equality. In CLF, or whatever values integration we have in a subject, it is always pointed out that we are created equal by God. With that, despite the differences in each and everyone of us, we must treat each other equally. And it is given that all of us desire for equality. By really opening our eyes on what is happening around us, can we say that equality is there? Let’s reflect on how we treat others; if our actions have destroyed human dignity and the meaning of equality. Everyday, I witness so many heartbreaking things that people do to others such as calling names, judging a person, bullying, talking bad about a person without knowing their story, not acknowledging one’s presence, being racist, getting mad at a person for no reason, being rude and disrespectful, and many more. To those who do these things, it may be done out of habit or unconsciously done. Where is the equality there? For sure, we are all involved in this. No one is truly free and equal in our world. We can’t affirm that we are endowed with certain rights such as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Why? We are all victims. We all have been dehumanized. We are not free to show our true colors because there are stereotypes of what’s accepted in society. We would care about how society perceives us and if we belong. There are judgements and prejudice everywhere. There will always be forces bringing us down. And how much more to those who experienced worse than us? To the poor people, the LGBT community, racial, ethnic and religious minorities? These people’s voices need to be heard even more and to have their existence noticed. They have received more than enough discrimination and hate. If we are all equal, then there will be no division between, the rich and the poor, the straight and the gay, blacks and whites, Asians and other races, Christians and Muslims. If only we accept and respect differences, and not make one’s worth based on background. If only we could alleviate those in poverty. If only everyone cared. If only everyone are friends. If only we hold these truth to self-evident that all men are created equal. That must start with you.