Yesterday, a good friend of mine asked me a question. “Do you think the world will ever reach a point where sexism, homophobia, and all those other bad things will be non-existent?”
I don’t think I have ever been asked that question before. At least, not in the level of social responsibility I bestow upon myself that I have right now. Perhaps when I was more ignorant, I may have said, “Of course.”
The truth is, I don’t know. I hope the world will be okay. But this question raises philosophical arguments in my mind. If the world is fair, if institutions are fair, if individuals are fair, what will happen to the advocates, the protesters?
I am not trying to romanticize conflict. Of course I want a world where people are treated fairly and in a good manner. I just wonder about these people who have dedicated their lives, their organizations, their identity to fighting for others. Will their identity change? Will it stay the same?
Personally, I like to define myself as someone who dedicates a lot of her life to fighting for other people. Will that be gone in a hypothetical fair world? Furthermore, who will I be in that world? Would I still be myself? Or is the concept of self a fluid term?
I do not really promise answers, because I cannot give them even to myself. I just think that this is interesting to think about and it brings in questions of identity and lack of resistance.
By the way, I answered, “Probably. But it will be replaced by other conflicts.”