The current culture is obsessed with social reform, it takes no more than a click and a scroll to be assuaged with terms such as “progressivism,” or “social justice.”

While living in such a politically driven world, it is all too easy to become so buried by propaganda, that the value and meaning behind the terms are lost in the debate. Sometimes it is good to go back and look at the straight facts.

Social Justice is defined as “the fair and proper administration of laws conforming to the natural law that all persons, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, possessions, race, religion, etc., are to be treated equally and without prejudice.”

This is not a new idea, for centuries, individuals have risen up to have their cry for reform heard above the crowd. A couple social reform giants would include: William Wilberforce, known for his part in the abolition of the slave trade in England, and Martin Luther King Jr., the renowned leader in the civil rights movement.

William Wilberforce defeated the slave trade by bringing the awareness of its cruelties to the population.

He reasoned with the crowd, “You may look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership and speeches revolutionized the civil rights movement and brought a new perspective to the fight, he affirmed, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

In short, social justice and its supporters are all about enhancing the quality of life, and the equality of all human beings. Social justice is about respecting the sanctity of life, and the right of each individual to pursue it. We cannot claim to be a progressive culture all the while continuing to practice ritualistic child sacrifices which date back to the time of the Aztecs. To obtain the ever-elusive prospect of social justice, we must embrace empathy and this idea of equality for all. Not just land-owning white men or those fortunate enough to have already been born, but rather, those with a pulse. If there is a pulse, there is a purpose.

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