Inequality of some kind has existed since the dawn of man. Within every society, there exists a group that benefits from the position it holds and which seeks, through social organization, to maintain the status quo.
The maintenance of this status quo, unfortunately, often impinges on one’s opportunity to fully capitalize on the life chances that are given to each of us. The right to an education, the freedom to express religious and socio-political beliefs, to experience culture in its highest form or to enjoy a long, healthy life, in some societies, for those born a female.
It seems as though the promise of happiness is only that: a promise and one must pursue it with zeal. Happiness, in any form, is elusive and fleeting and often comes with immense sacrifice. The fact of social inequality presents an additional hurdle to be surpassed in order to obtain what seems to be a very temporary state.
What often remains unacknowledged is this fragile emotional state often means a loss of life, limb and precious effort that could be better spent. But can this happiness be obtained without a loss of some kind? It is a question to ponder as successive examples throughout history has shown that happiness and the freedoms that we enjoy, came at a steep price for many who gave their lives to fight for what they believed to be right and just. This, we have evidenced with the French Revolution, the case of the former slaves of the Caribbean plantation society, who rebelled with bloody force to over throw their capturers and the civil rights movement. It is evidenced through the females who give up precious time with their children, in order to provide for them, as a single parent or the soldier who leaves his or her family, in order to protect their personal freedoms and that of others.
This ideal, it seems, cannot exist without sacrifice.
Marxist conjecture posits that society, through its relationship with things material, will have instances of conflict amongst its groups. The ideas held by each group, in pursuit of personal fulfilment, become increasingly incompatible to the point of a social explosion that results in change. The conflict amongst groups is a catalyst for change which must occur if society is to improve. Society is a dynamic force and as the culture, demands and focus of the groups within it change, it adjusts itself to reflect the new paradigms within which it operates.
Change must come. And so we too must change in order to enjoy the happiness we so readily pursue. .