What is the Basis of “Social Justice”?
My friend recalled when he was an Instructor of “Religious Education” for Public High School Students, at his church. The topic for the entire year was: “Practicing Social Justice”.
On the 1st class night, after the 14 students introduced themselves, my friend introduced “Social Justice” as creating equal opportunity & fair treatment for all. Then he asked, “Before we open our workbooks, why would we want to treat everyone fairly?”
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He looked directly at the student in front of him and asked, “Why would you care if Bob, next to you, were treated fairly, or given equal opportunity? What’s your motivation?” A Blank Stare. So, he asked Bob, “Why would you care if Jenny, next to you, were treated fairly? What’s your motivation?” Another Blank Stare. My friend then looked at the other dozen students, and said, “Rather than ask each of you individually, does anyone know why they would care If a friend, or more importantly, a stranger, were treated fairly?”
One brave student meekly replied with a question, “Because it is the right thing to do?” Good answer, but “Why is it the right thing to do?” A very quiet room full of Blank Stares. Let’s consider some options:
- Because it is Politically Correct. While that is a popular answer, it is a fragile, transient answer. It’s subject to change, whichever way the whims of the majority are blowing. There is no Universal, Timeless Foundation to Political Correctness.
- Because it is Ideologically Progressive to help people in need. That is certainly a noble intent, but doesn’t address WHY we would want to do that. In Fact, that intent is in direct opposition to what you learn in school about “Evolution”.“The Evolution of living things is the result of Random Chance through Time, formed by the Natural Selection of the Survival of the Fittest.” The “Survival of the Fittest” doesn’t care about the weak or needy of its species. It only cares about its own “Survival”. So, that Progressive Ideology is contrary to Our Basic Nature of Self-Interest, which is subject to Change, by Random Chance.
- Perhaps, the Universal, Timeless, Rock-Solid Foundation of “Social Justice” is found in our Soul.If we were “Created in the Image & Likeness of God, to be “Children of God, & Heirs to Heaven.” And If, “God so loved the world, that He sent his only Son (Jesus Christ to die for our sins) so that all who believe in Him, shall not perish, but will have eternal life.” And, If Christ said, “I give you One Command: To love God, and to love each other, as I (Christ) have loved you.”
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Then the reason to practice “Social Justice”, is because we were Created to Love One Another. (You don’t have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. – C. S. Lewis)
BTW: You may consider caring about some else a “Sacrifice”. The word “Sacrifice” does Not mean “Loss”. The word “Sacrifice” comes from 2 Latin words: Sacri Faciam” – “To make Holy”. Sacrifice is Holy. Sacrifice is also an Act of Love.
Now. Open your workbooks.