Friday, April 22, 2016

Fighting Injustice

Sometimes we are filled with utter frustration as we witness injustice in the world. "This cannot - should not - continue!" We want a solution and we want it now. In fact, it should have been yesterday.
We turn our attention in the direction of someone who "should have" "could have" or we believe can solve the problem for us.
To understand, perhaps we should be asking ourselves what we could have done, should have done or can do. If we cannot answer that for ourselves, quite likely the ones we seek to solve the problem are struggling in the same way we are struggling.
In fact, sometimes we look to someone else to fix it because we feel we failed. When justice is not served, in fact, we all fail. All injustice is our battle too.
There are those who seem to be able to do greater things and overcome the impossible. Look a little deeper and you will see that they had many hands lifting them. They had many struggles and felt many frustrations and moments of doubt. They held the front line and faced the greater risk but they could not do it without others risking for them and with them.
When it comes to issues of injustice, many will turn a blind eye or take a neutral position in the wake of conflict. We cannot expect others to fight the battles for us if we cannot stand tall beside them. We need to know what we can contribute to the cause - "skin in the game".

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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