Only in the darkness can you see the stars. -Martin Luther King, Jr
Justice is the breathe and blood that keeps humanity sustained. Justice is ALIVE. Justice is what activates my mind, constantly rewiring and reprogramming my body. Justice empowers my soul with courage to be persistent against all odds and adversity. Justice seeks equality that allows us to entertain all cultures while keeping our values as part of one mankind intact. Justice has no boundaries, fulfilling hearts of every kind with peace and contentment. Justice is a bridge between humility and dignity that is crucial for removal of dominant power. Justice begins by attaining authority which demands a test of character and a strong demeanour. But most importantly, justice asks to imagine the limitless power I, as an individual carry into this world. Justice brings ourselves to confront the possibilities we, as human kind inherit by nature, making our survival a reality. Give a moment to let your hearts be wrenched with empathy which shall connect us all as if we are one, hence making justice natural towards each other. You fools justice can never merely come by receiving a legal status, instead it reckons to call forth a shift in our perspective between what is right and wrong. Justice is a personal and public ethical affair where we, as one human race are both plaintiff and defendant. Justice then fought in litigation advances the whole of mankind. Justice is no less extraordinary then the glowing stars of the night that keeps illuminating my path with hope in dark times as I look up, every time absolute and certain of its existence.
Admittedly justice is a chance at fulfilling the optimum potential of our current existing and evolving society. Justice may not take away the marginalized background and life an individual is born into, though it provides opportunities to break a perpetuated cycle that otherwise could not be seized. While it is the world geography that assigns our circumstance at an individual level, it is within the same sphere justice yield potential. For those who want to laugh at this notion, go ahead and whine about the shortfalls of institutionalized justice, in times when around the world resentment turning into protest against the system is an ordinary thing. But hear me out first. I do not intend to turn a blind to the antagonism that have people pooling together on streets. I see the death toll rising in Egypt and it hurts. Seeing the young fall down in Syria, I am grossed and ashamed of my own human skin. But I am not going to let this undo my spirits, where if anything these brutal realities keep justice alive, even stronger and more determined. Why? Firstly, I must make the note that the hard reality is true. Mankind is witnessing uproar and human crisis where there is an utter absence of justice. A system hardly exists, deliberation and representation is all hoax. Even the internal makeup of US faces this challenge between its multiple levels of governance. Nonetheless one must realize optimum of justice does not mean reaching perfection. Flaws and backlogs must be expected and recognized that it is not justice that is at fault. It is merely our ability to interpret and execute a system that aligns with values adjourning justice.
Irrelevant it may appear but lets take up my feelings toward US in the context of justice at a personal level. Even since I have understood anything about anything, it is the constant cringe I feel toward US foreign policy. It is like a bitter taste that I just cannot wash out no matter how much I try to flush it of my system. Then I tell myself it is a realist world and I must deal with these facts. I have to let go of my sentiments. I remind myself I must work within the system until I can have a chance at having my own say matter. I must earn my spot. Naturally, justice then has allowed me to let go of animosity and be open to the powerful as a teacher rather than a foe. It’s a slow process in effect, I admit. Nevertheless, I am too young to hate. I must focus on the learning process as I define what justice means to me and its defining dynamics in the way I perceive my world. I am going to let America be my teacher and take it from their!
In justice, I see the possibilities in the midst of a system that feels grim and chained from outside for common citizens. In justice, I see the person I must become: a diligent and persistent personality to face my circumstances. Justice makes surviving real. It makes me want to put the blame game to the side, and stop the list of what I do not have to what I can avail. For instance, what do the Syrians or Egyptians have? You do not see the sun not setting in Syria. The stars come out every night, don’t they? In other words, as long as a struggle sees the night after every sunset and sunrise after every night sky, Syrians shall find an end to their litigation between rebels and Assad regime and Egypt will rebuild its democracy. In justice, equality and empathy sees eye to eye with each other. Regardless of what your identity is equipped with: an affluent or poor background; white, black or brown; women or man; Latino, Hatian, Indian, Pakistani, Arab, American, Canadian or French we all really stand at similar bridges at some point. We all have gone through independence, finding our paths of democracy and seeking some of industrialist economy. No one is higher than another, each nation is endowed by time of gifts and disasters. The only thing that sets us apart more than anything is time as it grants different nations different realities at different times. And see naturally one starts shifting perspective toward the world from a despising to a tolerant lens. It’s a slow process in effect, I admit. Nevertheless, I am too young to hate and I shall not let American Foreign policies to have the luxury to be hated by me. I must focus on the learning process as I define what justice means to me and defining the dynamic in the society I live in. I’m going to let America be my teacher and take it from their!
What about the international government and its statuaries, legal treaties, and constitutions that the world is engaged with around the clock? What do they mean for justice? Some have given a great foundation to advance mankind, others have devastated human relations and some are plainly ignored. But you know what all of them have in common—it is a product of some kind of litigation where sides can deliberate in some systematic order, thus providing us with a chance at maintaining our humanity. For those of you who turn the other eye when it comes to the United Nation, and is plainly pessimistic about it, you are observing it as something that just happens to be around, only because you have not lived in an era with its absence. Okay sure the UN has problems with its Security Council (SC) but who says everything is set in stone. It can evolve over time: where maybe tomorrow SC could open up to include other rising powers or maybe there wouldn’t be any SC. Perhaps there is another institution similar to the UN, allowing new emerging nations to exercise powers like Post-World War powers do in SC currently. I know all these possibilities sound too good to be true. Still I cannot help but wonder if there will be a time when UN will become an effective tool to exercise while dealing with a crisis, just the way justice seems to get it right as it develops precedent after precedent. Justice then is not some fancy and perfect thing sitting on somebody’s table; it is slowly shedding light on our behaviour as it paves a path out of dark times. Indeed, justice is no big bang theory. It needs us to be the trigger and requires us to push it forward constantly. As much as justice gives us guidance it needs as much guidance to fulfill the changing times of today. The world government is on track, working and making its fixes as new heroes are attached and the old learn some new tricks.
On last note, the key to justice is internalizing justice. As I mentioned earlier, when we put over selves in others shoes despite how unfitting they maybe for us, our hearts have the ability to melt into each other. Just yesterday my sister admitted to me “I felt sad that they deal with such inhumane conditions merely because they are born in a different family and in a different place then I, it’s not fair ” after watching the Kite Runner. I continued listening while not being able to help but smile as she adds “I get how you feel.” This is coming from an individual of business background who always thought I overreacted to political events, and not necessarily identifies with the unfitting shoes always. This is where justice begins and not in a pretentious statuary granting equality. Justice stands at a hallmark when it begins to change us instead of gleaning down at us from a showcase as evidence of equality. Finding justice first begins within you. I prescribe you to look for your stars of justice.