Why is Social Justice a Topic for Debate?

Except for the minor­ity sil­ver spoon crowd, most peo­ple work hard for their money and reward them­selves and their clan with mate­r­ial pos­ses­sions of exces­sive com­fort when they can, above and beyond basic neces­sity. The per­son with the biggest man­sion, most money or friends, best looks or high­est bowl­ing aver­age doesn’t win and when you’re dead it doesn’t mat­ter. Though it’s nat­ural to not want life to end its inevitabil­ity is cause for some to want to leave a legacy. Lega­cies are usu­ally not about how rich you were but what impact you had on soci­ety — pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive. And while often that has some­thing to do with phil­an­thropy, per­haps more often than not it doesn’t. Plenty of peo­ple go down in his­tory for other than their eco­nomic sta­tus.….. Money and infamy are not nec­es­sar­ily bed buddies.

Just like argu­ments over which reli­gion is the true one or if god(s) even exist at all — the debate over the right type of gov­ern­ment is one that has no uni­ver­sal answer, just per­sonal pref­er­ence. Ultra con­ser­vatism, left-wing lib­er­al­ism, safe non-committal cen­tral­ism, there must be as many terms for polit­i­cal view­points as there are reli­gions, which in some coun­tries are all tan­gled up to begin with.

So, I want to know what the big deal is in regard to try­ing to make life tol­er­a­ble for every­one when in the end we are all going to die and –

You can’t take it with you

Why are we so cal­lous and hard to the core that we are capa­ble of watch­ing those with­out and allow it to hap­pen, able to sleep at night know­ing oth­ers are hun­gry, rid­den with ill­nesses that have cures but not med­ica­tion, hav­ing pic­nics and going to par­ties while there is geno­cide and war going on? It mat­ters that it’s in another coun­try, state, town or home? As long as it’s not us, it’s OK?

Social jus­tice doesn’t have to come from a reli­gious per­spec­tive or a social­ist or com­mu­nist one either –  regard­less of what Glenn Beck says.

I could give a fly­ing crap about the polit­i­cal process, — Beck tells the new issue of Forbes mag­a­zine (Forbes.com). “We’re an enter­tain­ment company.”

Though it’s likely not achiev­able in any soci­ety it’s a an con­cept to strive for and a bar to aspire to. The human con­di­tion and inevitabil­ity of death aren’t suf­fi­cient bond­ing expe­ri­ences and moti­va­tion enough to do not only what one can for one­self but to uti­lize intel­lect and abil­ity as appro­pri­ate to do more, to use those qual­i­ties so that oth­ers might expe­ri­ence a more humane life or sim­ply have the respect they deserve?

Why don’t we want this for oth­ers, demand it for every­one? Help me out here.…

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Why is Social Justice a Topic for Debate?

We get all caught up in our social life, career, our little microcosm and what happens in another part of the world or down the street is remedied by a couple bucks in the Salvation Army kettle when the bells ring or a tweet goes out to text five bucks to Haiti. As long as it’s not us we can sleep at night and we don’t have to sweat it too much….
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