Perfection Vs. Privilege

I’m one of those people that tends to get “googly eyed” somewhat to people who I admire and think are “perfect”. And, actually, it’s not just celebrities (actually, most are people I know in person). They seem to have everything together, faith, career, family, etc. And then, I admit, I ask myself, “what’s wrong with me?” or say, “I need to work/ try harder”.

Yesterday, something suddenly hit me: Nobody is perfect, but there are some people are priveleged. What people achieve in life is often just as much about their social status, economic status, disability (or lack of) and even sexual orientation can play a part in a person’s success as well as their talents and hard work. 

In his famous, 1963 “I have A Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr quoted: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. Over 50 years on, King’s dream is yet to be realised in the West, considering that people with Asian names are less likely to be employed by a company than someone wiht an Anglo Saxon sounidng name in Australia.

We can dream of a more just society for all, but it’s these “dreams” that often bite the dust because noone has the guts to carry it out. Until we all take responsibility, nothing will get done. And a good start is to stop glorifying people simply for the fact their in a state in which they had little control and stop judging people who are in a less – than – ideal situation, because, the truth is, most of us don’t know why some people are in a bad place.

Maybe it’s just MY dream that one day elitism and the idolatry of privilege will end. Then maybe, just maybe, the world can be a better place for everyone.

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