It was Greek storyteller Aesop who first wrote the phrase, ‘United we stand, divided we fall’. While these wise words came into being more than two thousand years ago, we are still made to feel divided and categorized on a daily basis. We are judged and assessed based on one aspect of who we are more than people take in the full picture. But, it still stands to be true that it is our similarities and ability to work and fight together that are our greatest strength as a species.
Whether it is stories of people working in partnership in times of trouble, communities banding together to help or just speaking out for what is right, we are all responsible. In joining our voices, they become louder and in supporting each other, walls become easier to climb.
Artist: Bridget Moore
In the Western World, disparities in income to be the pervasive form of inequality. When we think that the top 11% control over 82% of the world’s wealth, there is a significantly wide gap between the world’s richest and poorest. Especially when you consider that almost half of the global population is living in absolute poverty, on less than $5.50 a day. Our capitalist societies are structured to maintain this unequal hierarchy, but it is not inevitable. It does not have to be this way. (Inequality.org)
One example of two marginalised groups working together to create change was the Lesbian and Gays for Miners group in the UK. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community joined miners in Wales during the strikes of the 1980s and fostered a relationship that went on to shape politics in the UK. In return for rallying support and organising funding, the miners’ union were later influential in Labour enshrining gay rights into their political manifesto. The story of this unusual and yet rewarding friendship has been made into a 2014 film, Pride, written by Stephen Beresford. (The Guardian)
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