: the administration of law: Judge
: the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action: Righteousness
: conformity to truth, fact, or reason: Correctness
Justice (n.): mid-12th century, “the exercise of authority in vindication of right by assigning reward or punishment;” also “quality of being fair and just; moral soundness and conformity to truth,” from Old French justice “justice, legal rights, jurisdiction” (11th century), from Latin iustitia “righteousness, equity,” from iustus “upright, just” (just).
Just (adj.): late 14th century, “morally upright, righteous in the eyes of God; justifiable; equitable, impartial, fair; conforming to rules,” also “marked or characterized by precision; exact, having correct dimensions.”
“Dislike in yourself what you dislike in others.”
Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S. (600 AD 0 661 AD, cousin and son-in-law of the Honorable Prophet Muhammad, and the fourth of the “rightly guided” caliphs, as the first four successors of Prophet Muhammad; reigning from 656 to 661, the first imam of Sh’ism in all its forms)
“True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.”
Jane Addams (1860-1935, renown pioneer social worker, feminist, internationalist, and recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize in 1931)
“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919, author and poet, best known for “Poems of Passion” and “Solitude,” which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968, Baptist Minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s)
“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”
Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926, union labor leader, who was a Socialist Party candidate for the U.S. president five times between 1900 -1920; “neither an intellectual nor a hardheaded politician, Debs won support through his personal warmth, integrity, and sincerity”)
“I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...”
Malcolm X (1925-1965, also known as el-Hajj Malik, el-Shabazz, American Muslim minister, humanitarian, and human rights activist)
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008, Russian novelist, historian, short story writer and vocal opponent for the Soviet Union, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970; best known for “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956”)
“Dominator culture teaches all of us that the core of our identity is defined by the will to dominate and control others. We are taught that this will to dominate is more biologically hardwired in males than in females. In actuality, dominator culture teaches us that we are all natural-born killers but that males are more able to realize the predator role. In the dominator model the pursuit of external power, the ability to manipulate and control others, is what matters most. When culture is based on a dominator model, not only will it be violent but it will frame all relationships as power struggles.”
bell hooks (b. Gloria Jean Watkins in 1952, acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist and writer, who has authored over three dozen books…)
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Are you like me? Do you feel more grounded, center, and present in your body, and are able to walk around current issues, and then speak on them, especially when it comes to our world’s social and economic injustices.
I do. As one dear friend said to me, once we regain our voice, especially as women we are unable to shut up, especially when issues and people need to be called out.
Maybe, that’s really what is at stake in this presidential campaign, our ability to show up, especially as women, and speak our truth in spite of the opposition.
There’s a resolve that is seeding all of us. Intuitively, I can feel it to my core. I am not emotional, although I can become enraged when the downtrodden and the underserved are crapped over, and even more so when it comes to those folks who call themselves righteous. But, when I speak on those issues that are important to me I am mostly calm, even when the wicked shake my hand and smile in my face. For me, that’s a huge shift. I am able to be more of a divine observer in the mist of the noise.
Maybe that’s the short and long of what is happening right now. The silver lining above the fray is radiating brightly in these challenging times. Many of us are speaking their truth and standing with those who may have been on the opposing sides and may not share the same philosophies. We are beginning to realize that more is at stake than our polarizing petty disagreements.
What is at stake is the future of our world and the wellbeing of future generations to come.
Be well, sojourners, and continue to fight for what is just and righteous!
Miraculously Yours, Tonya