Do you know the worst form of human rights violation?
Human rights are violated everyday in the world; and the worst form of it is injustice.
Injustice is destroying the world. The world shall know no peace until it knows justice.
Have you ever stopped for a moment to think about the injustice that is destroying the world? Or have you ever asked yourself why there are protests and wars all over the world?
The world is more or less a boiling pot of violence, always steaming with problems, with people running up and down, protesting, and fighting. The reason is there is so much injustice going on.
People are fighting for justice
Wherever you find people fighting, they are searching for justice. They want justice to prevail. They want to get their own fair share of the abundance of the world.
If there is no justice it is because there are too many greedy and unscrupulous people
Many people are pushed by greed to want all the good things of life only for themselves. They already have what they need; but they want more; and will stop at nothing to take the little that others have to add to theirs.
While some people are fighting to have their own share or just to have a little share of what is available for all to enjoy, there are the greedy ones are fighting to have everything for themselves.
It can never be over stressed that the world will know no peace until it knows justice.
Deeply entrenched in every human heart is a desire for justice. All normal human beings yearn for justice.
It unfortunately that we people, especially in positions of power, who think they can trample on justice and go free. They practice injustice with impunity deceived by initial success to think that they can get away with it. Hence, they continue to trample on others; and eventually, however, they are caught up and they pay dearly for it directly or indirectly.
Indirectly, it may be transferred to their progeny. Hence, although they may seem to leave the world scene scotch-free, they are not free as such.
There is no gainsaying that injustice anywhere in the world will bring trouble; if not immediate later.
The institutionalization of injustice is the cause of the violent protests and wars that we have everywhere in the world. This is too bad for the world. So much destruction is caused; and so many losses in material and human lives are incurred.
Wherever we find injustice but do not find violence, let us not be deceived. It is not a situation of peace. It is a time-bomb. If it does not explode today, it will explode tomorrow. If it does not shatter us today, it will shatter us tomorrow; and if we are not the ones to be shattered, some other person shall be shattered. The bottom line is there will be destruction.
We have to be careful how we handle justice in the world. This demands that we fully understand what is justice and what is injustice.
By justice we mean the even or fair distribution of common resources of the earth. By injustice we mean the uneven distribution of these resources. Cheating, trampling on others, treating others as if they were second class citizens; depriving others of what is rightfully theirs all constitute injustice.
God meant and still means the world to be a just place for all. Sadly, some have decided that, like the pigs in the novel ‘Animal Farm’ by the famous writer George Owell, they will be ‘more equal than others’; and so they swim in opulence while others perish in misery. This is gross injustice.
Undoubtedly, as long as this situation continues, there will hardly be peace in the world. The victims of injustice anywhere in the world will always seek ways to rise and ask for their due as we witness daily in the upheavals, violent protests and wars that are everywhere.
History has a record of many leaders who practiced injustice on their indolent and apparently helpless people and prided themselves of having achieved peace for them, just to get up one morning to have the shock of their lives when, from nowhere, the people began to hit the table to say ‘enough is enough’.
Many of us have borne witness to this happening; and sometimes it is where no one ever expected it to happen. Do we not remember the recent happenings in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and many other countries of the world?
Justice ought to prevail in the world for us to have peace; and for this to happen, love is the prerequisite. We need love to reign in the hearts of the people of the world so that we may have a just world.
Where there is love there is kindness. When we love, we are kind to the one we love; and when we are kind to someone we are just to them. As the French writer truly says, “We cannot be just if we are not kind-hearted.” How can anyone be just if he is devoid of a human heart?
For anyone to have power without a sense of justice, can be a most unfortunate thing to happen. Such a person can do a lot of evil. Unfortunately, in today’s world, there are many people who have enormous power in their hands but are devoid of a spirit of justice. There can be no wonder, therefore, that we see what we see in the world; that the world is full of evil.
As violence begets violence,
Evil begets evil,
Injustice begets injustice;
Peace begets peace.
Thus, we all need to examine our hearts and minds to see what fills it. Is it a sense of justice or a sense of injustice that fills your hearts and minds?
Do you often find yourself scheming to cheat, steal, exploit, or trample on others to get what does not belong to you, not caring about others? To do any of these is to promote injustice in the world. Rest assured that it will come back to haunt you.
Injustice in the political arena
A good arena where injustice flourishes is the political arena. Many politicians are strong promoters of injustice, which is a shame; and a pity. It is not uncommon to hear someone openly claiming that there is no justice in politics; that the just politician does not succeed.
Does the just politician not succeed?
Of course, the just politician succeeds. The just politician ought to be the only politician who succeeds. The unjust politician is always a woeful failure even if he comes out victorious from the ballot box. In the judgment of the creator which is the only judgment that truly matters, he is a great failure.
Justice is important in the world. Let us do all we can to promote justice in the world. Let all the children of the world have their fair share of the resources of the world.
If justice prevails, peace will prevail. If peace prevails, the world will be an enjoyable place for all.