The equality of inequality
It was the small circular journey I eagerly took at the end of the year 2009 that made me realize the huge gap between rich people and poor people. I started it with a great enthusiasm to know and explore new things. I was dying to experience the beauty of new places I had never been to before and to have a conversation with interesting people whom I had never met before. I made a promise to myself to take notes about the places I would go to and people I would meet before I left. I even shared that personal promise with some of my close friends, but I could not keep that promise which I made spontaneously.
Despite the fact that I returned to school with an empty notebook, what I had seen while I was travelling is still quite clear in my mind, and I don't think I will ever forget it. I saw a man flying over a beautiful beach for fun and a man crawling on a low-wheeled board in a dirty street for the attention of altruistic people. I saw a man spending his time in a luxurious restaurant where one meal could cost more than all the money I have ever spent in my life without knowing how generous his life has been to him and a man following those who look friendly for miles for a coin with the knowledge of how mean his life has been to him. I saw a man enjoying the warmth of the sunlight in the sand and the heat of the sunlight killing a man in the sand. In all these unequal things in the universe, the only one which is equally
shared among all people is discontentment or some people call it suffering. Anyway I saw that the only equality among all inequalities is suffering.
Although I love travelling and exploring more than anything that I can possibly do, I have never been to any other countries apart from India where I am living as a refugee. That means I have to use my imagination rather than my memory or my eyes to see wonderful natural landscapes, precious traditions, strange religions (I can't find any other word to describe them), happy occasional festivals and various people from other countries of the world. I could always be wrong about all of them.
But, fortunately and unfortunately, what I have seen in India has given me enough material to confidently guess what is going on in other countries. It has given me the insight to see the "Never contented richness" of Europe; it has provided me the opportunity to experience the "Incontrollable poverty" of Africa, it has convinced me to admire the "Destructive technology" of North and South America, and above all, it has let me know the equal suffering of the unequal fates of various people, the "wicked truth" of today's world.