Belief is a term often used to encapsulate confidence in something to be the absolute truth. Believing in something does not necessarily render it as fact and hence by extension believing in something with out any definitive evidence renders it as a fallacy, a mere misconception (Stanford University, 2006). Martin Luther King had an ambitious ideology towards convincing nations to accept this belief as fact, after which no distinctions would be made on how a human being should be treated and the opportunities an individual shall have access to; regardless of race, gender or any form of categorization that may exist. This belief, however exuberant and captivating it may seem, has according to my opinion, not been realized. My argument as to why I form the opinion that this belief has not been realized is based upon; the universal acceptance of the meaning of the term ‘Created Equal’ and constraints that limit physically and mentally disabled individuals.
‘Created Equal’ is a term based on the belief in the ‘creationist’ theory of how human species are created by a divine deity, essentially created the same way with out any discrimination. An example being verse Gal: 3.28 in the Bible. However, due to certain inconsistencies with the human design, this is not always the case. Attitudes towards religion and opinions towards where exactly do human species originate from, casts a shadow of disagreement and contradiction over the acceptance of the belief in question hence enforcing an inconsistency towards the correct interpretation of the statement. According to a survey conducted by USA Today/Gallup in May, 2012, 46 % Americans support the creationist point of view for the argument. The point I make here is that how can an ideology such as this be accepted universally if there is a core disagreement over the very basis upon which the statement in question is based. In a more rhetorical light, the term ‘Created Equal’ can be interpreted as to imply that regardless of being born with a segmented disability in the human body, every individual should have equal access to opportunities and furthermore the right to be recognized as equally important.
A survey conducted fairly recently by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), shows that the needs of disabled individuals are grossly ignored through out the world during the course of the calamities caused due to natural occurrences. The results presented in the survey conclude that there has been an inclination to completely ignore the needs of people suffering with disabilities during the planning process for coping with natural disasters.
Until, a universal definition of the term ‘created equal’ is established and the day that this statement forms the modus operandi of every human living, I fail to believe that all nations live by the belief that all are ‘created equal’.
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UN News Service Section. 2013. UN News — UN survey shows needs of persons with disabilities largely ignored during disasters. [Online] Available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp/html/realfile/story.asp?NewsID=46238&Cr=disaster&Cr1=#.UlpZ3GTNCto [Accessed: 13 Oct 2013].