Justice? What does this mean today?
I was recently asked by a dear friend: ‘Can you give me your definition and interpretation of ‘justice’? I feel like I have a lot of injustice against me at the moment, internal and external. I feel like I’m battling with my own ego and the demands of others? Are the two even related?’
‘Take a deep breath’, I said, ‘There’s a lot going on there!’ and smiled.
To be honest, I’m personally not a fan of the word. Words are so important, salubrious and onomatopoeic in shaping our thoughts, emotions and actions. The question here is also vague and extensive: textured and certainly of current value and importance, it is muddled in its delivery and meaning…or is it? Aren’t outward and internal concepts of ‘justice’ the same in the end? After all, when we heal the inner, don’t we heal the outer?
I’m going to attempt to answer it by looking at humanity’s current overall and growing disconnection guided by the principles of ‘justice’ as a running theme: approaching external ideas of ‘justice’ and then internal ideas and their subsequent outcomes and meanings.
People, throughout history, have defined boundaries personal, social and environmental on ‘justice’. It’s preached as though it’s a birthright, yet the very foundations of the word, for me, stem from the mind (1) and that of decision (the summation of ideas from others that collectively shape our actions, as a basic definition). Actually, this has been further explored in Harari’s recent works ‘Sapiens’ (2) where the author explores the extent of inter-subjective imagination and identifies and examines the manufactured justice system of Hammurabi’s Babylonia and the American forefathers at the signing of ‘their’ land’s Independence. These so-called ‘justified laws’ are simply collective and imagined concepts, or a shared consciousness, of the human mind that are indoctrinated and imposed on us, mostly during those early and supple years of mental development – school, family and society. When we get caught up in ‘justice’ we adhere and attach to the idea of revolution against such an imposed hierarchy if we feel ‘unjustly’ served: fighting fear with fear, anger with anger. Who’s the winner or loser in the end?
Looking further at the level of disconnection personally and collectively, when we look at ‘justice’ it means we are still in our heads and aiming to make rational decisions based on our own, and others, irrational mind(s) in a world of ongoing and irrational change. Madness? It certainly keeps the shrinks busy, profitable and happy! This lack of control and disconnection feeds ego with the anger and fear it enjoys: it’s very own endorsing needs for survival and self-cherishing. It has now morphed into a modern phenomenon of a visible and portrayable symptom, to which I both agree with Harari and Pinchbeck (3): demonstrated quite subtly by colleagues, friends and the progressive elite as romantic consumerism, or spiritual materialism. These are a suppressed conceptual forms of the same rights, entitlements and personal ‘justice’ that enforce our various attachments and personal comfort zones. Keeping up with these contemporary interpretations and constructs are futile and limited: even those advocating and adorning them are never satisfied or find an internal peace. Why then do we feel it’s a great idea to adorn to these heights of conceived supremacy?
How about replacing ‘justice’ for ‘Truth’? For me this word rings with more ancient decorum and resonates to something higher than mind and heart (remember, we can always be very passionate and heart-felt about our supremacy and personal justice!). When we listen to truth and we keep in ‘our truth’, with ease, there is almost a ‘space’ created adjoined with compassion for ourselves and others. We are also able to make choices (those are based on our deep intuition, or inner-tutor, as a definition) rather than decisions - which are always the right path for us in the end. Less we forget, the body and soul know better than mind: they are both older and wiser!
In order to access Truth, we have to ‘surrender’. Surrender allows the patience and acceptance we need to discover and to ‘be’ in our truth. On our journey now, we are exactly where we are meant to be, right now. All experiences, good and seemingly bad, are just experiences that give us the tools to help shape us towards mind mastery and mind manipulation, the ultimate goal (1). Know, deep down, that we are also on our own exclusive paths, rather than on relying on those paths created by the perceived collective goals and attributes of others, which are often collectively referred to as ‘justice’. We don’t need to play that game: by remaining in our truth, our simplicity and our love we move towards personal freedom. If something doesn’t feel right deep inside, honour this feeling, move away from mind and follow our instinct, no matter the initial consequences: this new path will be there to serve our alignment ad infinitum. ‘Be a rebel and not a revolutionary’ are the words of Osho (4). Having compassion for these forms of subtle supremacy, those that are close to us or living within these constructs, enables personal detachment. Remaining detached enables immeasurable forgiveness, freedom and salvation from the ignorance that often shrouds us in its often disguised, masked and manufactured robes.
I have always seen a beautiful and warm spirit in many humans that I am very fortunate to meet, I can see it immediately from their eyes. They remind me to remain free and flowing because I am this. Self-cherishing and self-justification are the endorsement of ego, however, self-love and nurturing are important and, by contrast, the key to remaining loving towards others by keeping in our truth. Outside pressures of the materialistic world, in which we currently live, will always pose challenges and will spin us back into mind and survival mode within this perceived environment. Use the knowledge and suffice the ignorance.
Sending you love and compassion on this challenging part of your journey, as always.
Dr B. Love
1. Orr, L. (1998) Breaking the death habit: The science of everlasting life. Berkeley, CA: Frog Books.
2. Harari, Y.N. (2011) Sapiens: A brief history of humankind. Pt 2. Chpt. 6. Pgs. 121-134. London: Penguin Random House.
3. Pinchbeck, D. (2017) How soon is now? From personal initiation to global transformation. New York: Watkins.
4. Osho (1990) Rebellion, Revolution and Religousness. Phoenix, Arizona: New Falcon Publications.