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An “Equal” Race

If the supposition that life is a race is true, as racers, do we race on equal ground?

Photo by Joshua Golde on Unsplash

In this age, life is perceived as if it’s a race with a start line and a finish line and podium space is reserved only for the winners. You are either the best of the best — number one — or you’re one of the rest. Since this world only sees and recognizes the winners, the rest is compiled into one big heap of others who don’t deserve the good things in life because they lost the race.

What isn’t focused on is this: let’s say I agree with the perception that life is a race for the sake of this argument — do we, as racers — race on equal ground against our opponents? Do we prepare with the same resources?

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm

My Take:

A race should have the same starting line and finish line for all of its racers, right? But for some people, the start line and the finish line’s distance is shorter than it is for other people.

For some people, every time they get close to the finish line, someone places it even further because they aren’t adequate enough to get that “prize” that’s waiting for them at the finish line. They have to work harder to earn it. And this process continues like Sisyphus pushing that boulder up the hill.

For some people, they have helpers all along the way so they don’t fall in this race whereas others are constantly pushed down when they get ahead and made to stay down as long as possible so “certain” people can win the race.

For some people, they can use a car in the race and their path is void of potholes and bumpy edges. Whereas others have to walk on roads full of debris and constantly face slick surfaces. When they fall, it’s not an easy task to get back up and continue walking.

For some people, they don’t even have a start and a finish line. Their place on the winners podium is ready upon birth. It is just a matter of age before they are awarded the winners medal while the rest of us can’t wait to applaud their achievements and glorify their beings.

Now you tell me, do we race on equal ground…

“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

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