Justice

UPHOLDING

AT THE COLLECTIVE LEVEL

 

"The light of men is Justice. Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny. The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men. The ocean of divine wisdom surgeth within this exalted word, while the books of the world cannot contain its inner significance."

-Bahá’u’lláh

 

Conversations

◈ How does upholding justice at the individual level contribute to upholding it at the collective level?
◈ How does justice differ at the individual and collective levels?
◈ What do oppression and tyranny look like at the scale of a neighbourhood or a community?
◈ How do we uphold justice at the community level?

◈ How can we, as a community, increase access, generation, application and diffusion of knowledge? What challenges are we facing?

 

Inspirations

Last week, Elevate explored the concept of Justice at the individual level. A quality which can be practiced in anybody's life, in any sphere of their influence. Justice is a tool that, at the individual level, aids us to see with our "own eyes and not through the eyes of others." The next question which needs to be explored then is how justice finds its expression at the level of the community and how it is that we, in our neighbourhoods and groups of friends, can promote justice in ways that we might not be able to do at the individual level. "The purpose of Justice," Bahá’u’lláh explains, "is the appearance of unity among men." In our efforts to achieve unity in diversity the ability to uphold justice at our individual and collective levels is a subject that requires exploration. But, perhaps, more importantly, action, experimentation, and reflection so that, little by little, it can find a fuller expression in our individual and collective lives.

Over the course of the two weeks we've spent exploring Justice, Elevate has asked you to share your view on the subject.

Below you can find a video with some of the wonderful responses we've received. If you would like to share your views on 

one of our themes, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you.

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