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Monday, November 19, 2012

JUSTICE IS RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERYONE


This article is from the UU (Unitarian Universalist) World magazine
Winter 2012, Vol XXVI
www.uuworld.org


Full credit to the magazine and the author of the article: Tim DeChristopher


from page 32 of the article:
Cowardice invites just as many imitators as courage.  If we believe that taking a courageous stand for justice has a deep spiritual resonance throughout humanity, then we must accept that cowering in the face of injustice has an impact just as profound.  Every time we choose convenience over principle, we strengthen the status quo and reinforce the existing power structure.  Every time we choose comfort over justice, we help build those walls of oppression.  This means that we hold some degree of responsibility for the injustice around us.

Morally there are no sidelines in a struggle between oppressors and the oppressed.  All that oppressors ask from the rest of us is to mind our own business, so by attempting neutrality we implicitly side with the oppressors.  If we are truly an interconnected web, then we cannot simply blame the actions of the powerful for the injustice in our society; injustice is also the result of countless inactions by those with a responsibility to our fellow human beings."



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 The text on the picture: "Those who write the rules are those who profit from the status quo.  If we want to change that status quo, we might have to work outside of those rules because the legal pathways available to us have been structured precisely to make sure we don't make any substantial change."

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Photographer, Veronique de Viguerie, captures what it is like in South Sudan (while she is pregnant).



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