The world is beset by problems.
We all know what the problems are, but the solutions to the problems elude us? While the problems are vast, and cover a multitude of areas, the foundation of most of them is ‘injustice’. If we focus on ‘justice’, the spiritual transformation of the world will be such that the vast majority of the problems will disappear.
- Justice brings about equal opportunities for everyone.Justice will ensure the equality of men and women.
- Justice removes racial inequality.
- Justice will ensure that everyone receives an education, the lack of which results in ignorance of the truth.
- Justice will ensure that everyone is listened to. This will bring about a deeper understanding of the issues that cause people to rebel and which lead to war.
- Justice means that everyone will have the opportunity to work and receive an appropriate wage.
- Justice will ensure that nobody in the world lives in poverty.
From a very young age, we know the painful effects of injustice. When we get blamed for something that our brother or sister did, we are incensed to the extent that we never forget it. In later life the issues change but the feelings are just as strong. Imagine being jailed for a crime for which you are completely innocent. Many people live with this reality every day. This leads to a whole new issue on the processes that determine the truth. Justice is not served by who has the most money to afford the best lawyers. Justice is a human right.
Justice exists not only to protect the innocent, but also to deal with law breakers, and if appropriately administered, will serve a multitude of functions. It will punish the law breakers, rehabilitate them (if possible), protect society and act as a deterrent to others.
The importance of ‘Justice’ is very evident when we consider the teachings of Baha’u’llah on this subject. He says…
“The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes”
And ‘Abdu’l-Baha, in Some Answered Questions, gives us further insight into the critical role that Justice must play in our society. He says…“…The tent of existence is upheld upon the pillar of justice, and not upon forgiveness. The continuance of mankind depends upon justice and not upon forgiveness. So if, at present, the law of pardon were practised in all countries, in short time the world would be disordered and the foundations of human life would crumble...