27 November 2008
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
When I first discovered the title quote for this entry, its brutal truth felt like a punch to the gut. We often believe that as long as we, ourselves, don't act wrongly, we are exemplary citizens. There is a misconception among some that in order to avoid acting immorally, we must remove ourselves from all wrongdoing and crime. Perhaps though, the key is not that we should distance ourselves from the cruel injustice experienced in the world, but that we should intercept it.
When we do not act against injustice, when we do not stand up against crime, when we do not offer aide to the helpless, we allow evil to continue to prevail. This is not to say we must or should feel the guilt of every crime in existence, no human can be expected to prevent all evil, however we can all exercise what capabilities we have to seek justice for others.
Martin Luther King Jr. wisely said, "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." Complete world peace is unlikely, and God is the only who can truly serve justice to all, but justice and peace in a family, a community, peace between two countries, and additional accomplishments of justice, are not impossible to achieve.
Recently I was handed a folded pamphlet, the front flap reading, "Speak justice, the language that can change the world." Justice is indeed like learning a language, practice is necessary in order to achieve fluency. One would expect frustrations and challenges upon learning a new language, and justice is no different. You must first dare to struggle, before you can dare to win...
Are there any inciendents of injustice that you have experienced first hand? Do you witness much injustice in your community? When, if ever, have you worked to prevent injustice? Other thoughs on justice?
Title Quote: Edmond Burke
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