Justice

“No money, no justice,” they wept.

My six word memoir.

I realise in many countries and from the perspective of others, this may have different meanings and significance. My memoir is the point of view of working with the poor in another country off and on for the past 25 years and seeing that 95% of the poor are never going to be anything other than poor in their entire lifetime and most of the rest of society doesn’t really care. Please do not always believe the statistics that big organisations and governments publish from time to time.

We seek through education, awareness and relationships to alter that perspective and offer hope and a possibility for some to rise above the poverty and all the injustice that accompanies it. It won’t happen in our lifetime, but just maybe…..?

The letter ‘j’ has a strong satisfying sound that is not confused with any other letters (the same sound as a soft ‘g’ of course. When it is written most of the stick needs to be below the line with a little semi circle to the left. Don’t forget the dot above the stick! The capital letter is all above the line and swaps the dot for a horizontal line.

22 thoughts on “Justice

  1. Your six word memoir is heartbreaking. I think the most important part of your post is the directive not to believe all big organizations claim. For too many “service” enriches and is just a way to pad a resume or CV.

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    1. Thank you, yes we have come across many organisations who are actually lining their own pockets rather than those of the poor and many of them exist where we work and then give everyone else a bad name.

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  2. I am moved by this, and heartsick by the truth that even here in the US, this is mostly true. The reminder in the word “Justice” is in its pronunciation; it’s Just-Us…No matter how we look at it, justice comes down to our will to address it.

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    1. Thanks, that is a good point, the second pronunciation… too many times it can be bought with a bribe where we work and people are thrust deeper into poverty. I’m sure it’s the same in the US to a lesser extent.

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  3. Those six words carry a mighty message…you speak truth. Haunting and sad. So much injustice remains in the world, and in the words of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”: “How many times can a man turn his head/ And pretend that he just doesn’t see?” Your focus on awareness and relationships…yes. It begins there.

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    1. Yes it has to begin somewhere, one step at a time, recently we refused to pay a bribe to get tax exemption for our Educational Trust, our accountant was asked twice and refused. Miraculously, we got the exemption, he thinks we might be the first organisation ever to do so bribe free!

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  4. You’ve given us some a powerful message to think about. And it’s an important reminder to me that I need to work within my own community to raise children who KNOW about and who CARE about wanting to bring justice to this world in whatever ways we can. Thank you.

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  5. Speaking “justice” does not equate to enacting justice. Your elaboration places that reality at the forefront. There’s plenty of interest in justice in the abstract; less active interest dedicated to shifting power relations that make justice possible.

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