“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
When I think of the word justice what first comes to mind for me are memories of watching the Super Friends cartoon on Saturday mornings growing up. This was a show that involved all of the superheroes I admired from DC Comics like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to name just a few. This was basically what most kids know them to be now as The Justice League. Each episode always had the heroes facing injustice everywhere mostly from villainous characters like Lex Luthor and the Riddler who along with others made up The Hall Of Doom. As in mot of those episodes, when all hope seemed to be lost for our heroes and injustice would prevail, somehow the heroes would find a way together to overcome whatever was happening and make things that were wrong, right again. We can all be like those super heroes and ensure that injustice does not occur and only justice prevails. But….we must do this together.
Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quote serves as a reminder that injustice is like a disease in that once it starts, it has the ability to spread and pose a threat to the health of where justice lies everywhere. Injustice is a poison that we must find a cure for now before it becomes too late. The three most common examples of social injustice include: discrimination, ageism and homophobia. More often than not their rights are constantly being violated through unfair and unjust acts. We have seen it many times throughout our history and are experiencing them even now as seen in recent events that have occurred. Although I like to think of myself as an optimist, unfortunately, I think we will most likely face these same periods of injustice in the future as well. But I do believe we shall overcome this like the Super Friends did by doing it together.
Justice promotes that righteousness, that equitableness or as what resonates with me most, that moral rightness. Justice can only occur when we allow our social awareness skills to take over. We need to look beyond what we see and look through the eyes of one another, what their struggles are, where injustice lies. We can’t fix anything if we have blinders on so remove them now and see the world as others see it. Empathize with them. Learn to respect them. Once we give ourselves over to social awareness we can better join forces with those that seek justice for all and further strengthen the cause. More importantly, we can prevent the spread the poison of injustice and actually use the the antidote of justice to fight it off once and for all.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware?