To be just is to be guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness. Justice, simply put means fairness in the way people are treated. From my point of view ‘love is a universal language’. Love overcomes tribe, race, religion and anything that tends to cause division amongst us. Love is what helps us understand the next person irrespective of their tribe, religion or race. Love builds bridges that everyone can walk on. By everyone I mean everyone, no exception! You might ask “Why am I talking about love when I should be talking of injustice? Here is why; love and justice have a very close knit relationship to the point that one cannot survive without the other. Love brings about justice, and lack of love conjures injustice.
Injustice means acting unfairly. Injustice is truly a threat to justice everywhere just the same way hatred is a menace to love anywhere. Injustice has a rippling effect on any system the same way a drop of water ripples through a large body of water. Wherever injustice is practiced love and justice are greatly undermined and this in turn sends a strong message discouraging those who do the right thing. Injustice has the ability of crippling any system as it slowly destabilizes and suffocates it. Functionality can only survive where there is a system that operates on justice to the core. Anybody that has been cheated and trampled upon knows what it feels like to be treated unfairly. Such a person could forever feel bruised and hurt thereby further diminishing the zeal to do good. Injustice encourages a non-mutual relationship….a predator-prey type of relationship. A mutual relationship can only survive where there is justice.
Any system (family, organisation, country) that practices injustice will only produce disgruntled people as the victims of such a system will go into the world feeling disappointed and discouraged. The world is a global village, so injustice anywhere could stir up injustice everywhere leading to lack of believe in the justice system; a real threat to the just and justice as a whole. The good upbringing of a child who is taught to be just at all times can help the world in so many ways because that child will have a positive effect in the world in one way or the other. In the same way a child who grows up seeing injustice as a norm will surely promote an unjust system.
I will like to give typical examples of injustice that have been practiced for years: The ‘Me Too’ movement emanated from the fight against unfairness to victims of sexual abuse who mostly remained silent for years and finally decided to break the silence and say “ enough is enough”. It turns out that most of the victims are females and most of the perpetuators are males. We all know that there has been a long standing injustice in the world largely against women. Many cultures around the world have practiced deep seated unfairness against the female population. Males were, and are still, given upper hand over their female counterparts. This has led to the male population misusing their power by abusing females sexually, physically, verbally and mentally. This system has remained a scourge from the beginning of time which has resulted to general increase in crime rates with prevalence amongst the males. Many girls and women who were raised in abusive environments accept such abuses as norms and turn out to become further promoters of such unfairness by getting involved in organised crimes such as prostitution, pimping and the likes . In some cases the victims of such abuse decide to take laws into their hands by stealing from and cheating men in any way they possibly can as a form of pay back. In extreme cases notorious female criminals like Aileen Wuornos (an American serial killer) hated and killed men as a result of such abuse. Injustice only breeds hatred and crime on a larger scale. Now, victims around the world have decided to cry out and to demand a stop to an unjust system hence the ‘Me Too’ movement which started in the USA but now boasts of worldwide supporters as a way of fighting such injustice. In India, women and young girls are raped and even gang raped alarmingly on a daily basis, but this has ensued because of deep-rooted injustice against the female population that lies in most cultures in India and many other countries around the world. It is a pity that many women even look down on themselves, while the girl child is disregarded as a result of this; as they have been brain washed by an unjust and corrupt system that favours males over females. Any girl or woman is as important as her male counterpart, the truth is we all complement each other. Every human being deserves the right to be treated fairly and with dignity. People cannot sow injustice and expect to reap any good fruits. The world can only be a better place if justice is practiced and injustice discouraged at all levels.
My country Nigeria is where it is today as a result of corruption that has thrived on injustice for many years. It started small but as at today, corruption has almost crippled Nigeria totally. Although the current president, a morally disciplined person, has tried his best to fight corruption, it has been difficult as it has entangled the country deeply. It would take some time and hard work to do away with the menace but the populace think it should be an overnight job. This is to the point that many Nigerians today say they prefer a corrupt government to rule. I really wonder how a person can proclaim such, it really baffles me! It just means the people have been conditioned to think corruption and injustice are acceptable. Leaders who come to fight corruption and restore a just system are instead fought against. The people of Nigeria having lived for so long under corrupt practices now sadly see it as a norm. The truth is that we can only get better and grow as a country if we adopt the right practices and push injustice out from amongst us. The more years we postpone this right move, the worse it gets and the longer it will take to be done with. My country Nigeria has suffered too much from injustice, this is a country that is so blessed with rich natural and human resources. Now Nigerians strive better outside their country than in their own country. The intelligence and the innovativeness of the common Nigerian( I must tell you that Nigerians are highly intelligent people) is strangulated by the high rate of injustice in the country; you either have to come from a particular tribe or family of affluence before you can exhibit your God given abilities. It’s quite sickening! The bullies are made to rule over their victims while the well-behaved are trampled upon and mocked. How can a country in this state move forward if we don’t accept a change for the better?
As a Christian, my religious values are purely based on love and justice. The Holy Bible, right from the old testament clearly speaks against any form of injustice. In the new testament, Jesus stopped a group of men from stoning a woman for committing adultery because they were all guilty of the same sin. He rebuked them immediately while also telling the woman to go and sin no more. Jesus practiced justice in all its ramifications. Jesus on many instances spoke against the Pharisees because they were encouraging injustice by their actions. In the contemporary world some heads of religious bodies in different locations have abused their powers by getting involved in acts their religion preaches against thereby encouraging an unjust system.
I would like to experience a world where there is justice and fairness for all. I sincerely hope and pray that Nigeria becomes a better place like it should be, as it has become a typical example of the phrase ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere. I strongly believe that Nigeria has a much more positive role to play on the world map than making headlines for being one of the most corrupt countries in the world. I also hope that the Me Too movement will in the long run eliminate sexual abuse of any kind as the perpetuators are brought to book. I can just further imagine the havoc and damage that injustice can do to the world as a whole if we allow it. We can only achieve world peace and stability if only we boot out every form of injustice from our systems. As a person representing a family, tribe, nation and the whole world, I strongly believe in what Martin Luther JR said; “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.