This is my third post for the #pht402 professional ethics course that I’m participating in for the next few weeks. In order to stimulate thinking each participant in the course was required to engage with materials. The topic for this week addresses the topic of equality, discrimination and how homosexuality fits into the mix.
For those of you who spotted the paraphrasing of George Orwells Novel Animal Farm in the title-well done! The original line is “All animals are equal, but some are just more equal than others”. Animal farm is an allegorical novel, which speaks about a revolution, as the name suggests it’s a book written from the view of the animals (they even had their own set of Ten Commandments). Animals who are “more equal”-the pigs or those who rule and the animals who are “less equal but still equal”-the citizens (ranked according to class of course).
Now I’m sure many of us can draw parallels in todays’ age where this so called ranking of class is concerned (hitting all to home in the Apartheid era). But let us not dwell on that, what is important is the understanding of the situation.
Now than, hailing from a country or rather a continent which has had its fair share of civil wars and extreme racism, it boggles my mind when I read articles that are of the opinion that homosexuality is interpreted as “un-African”. How can loving another person (who happens to be the same gender as myself be un-African? Does the word Ubuntu (philosophy of human kindness) mean nothing? How it is that discrimination is wrong, but when it comes to homosexuality its OK? Unfortunately, we are a generation of extremes and over-exaggerations, things in the media are always blown out of proportion, propaganda is everywhere. Speculation is everywhere.
Religion plays a huge part is peoples’ lives, and I must agree with Um’rs post that people believing their religion is another mans’ government is totally unacceptable. Another point to make is that many religions focus on this cult-like business. But we all know that an absolute monarch; corrupts absolutely (which is symbolism carried within in Animal Farm)
The Catholic Church has always been one that has been under scrutiny, whether it be the Illuminati episodes, a pope retiring or gay priests. I will still declare, I am a proud catholic, but that aside, the new pope has of course his own opinion and I believe it is relevant. No matter if it is not law (as in the law of the land or the law of the Bible or Quran).
The new Pope was questioned about the gay community and whether there was a gay lobby and he responded by saying; “If a person has goodwill who am I to judge?” Which is of course universally true, no one has the right to judge anyone. But regardless, of what is considered right or wrong, the Pope is an influential man and if his comments stops people rallying against homosexuals, I am all for it.
I am of the opinion that everything we encounter molds us in some way. But even though, for example, my religion has this strict view on what is right and wrong, I can establish my own morality by saying, this is not right. After all:
“Character is by far a better possession
Than rank, beauty or intellect”
Louisa May Alcott
From the classic- Little Woman
Treating patients whose moral grounds are a bit unsteady, has never been a dilemma for me, all I see is someone who needs care, assistance or help and I am the carer or helper and I have a job to do. I know I’m open-mined enough to make an informed decision so as to not cause a dilemma. Are you open-mined in your practice?
Lastly, to stimulate each participants thinking in the #pht402 course we were urged to watch the video entitled: How to tell people they sound racist. From the video the statement is voiced loud and clear:
‘I don’t care who you are, but you need to be held
Accountable for your actions”
If we do that, than equality will be alive and well, spouting up daisies signalling the fact that spring is here.
How do you suppose the issue of equality or the lack there of should be addressed in society?