When I speak with people about Social Justice, or if I read a blog somewhere, I often wonder if those people really understand what Social Justice means.
Go ahead, look it up. There’s nothing in the classical definition that says anything about equality. It’s all about allowing people to live to their potential in society.
Sure, we can infer equality from that but I think it demeans what Social Justice is all about. I really believe that it means what it says, and I can infer from that definition that the goal is to remove interference from peoples lives.
No, I’m not talking about anarchy. Just that government, at all levels, not impede their citizens from prospering in any way, shape or form, within the construct of reasonable restrictions.
Of course there need be laws and regulations, but how far does it have to go before as a society, we start preventing those very people we want to succeed to not be able to do the same?
Do we also penalize one group to help another? No. If we agree to treat all based on their merits instead of their gender, or race, or class – don’t you think we’d progress more as a society?
That’s where equality comes in; by not making judgements based on any of the above. But then, we’re only human and there will always(unfortunately) be those that want to make those decisions for the rest of us.
Let’s actually become real warriors for Social Justice and not let that happen. Who’s with me?