“To begin, in defining justice, I am inspired by advocates like King and Ghandi. Martin Luther King Jr said “Justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” We find this power of love through recognising that we are all, without exception, vulnerable to suffering and all part of one human family. As a family, we each have responsibility for minimising that suffering and for attending to each other’s wellbeing. When they saw organised power standing against the wellbeing of other people, King and other advocates for justice throughout human history, sought to raise our consciousness about the responsibility we all have to try to oppose this, and to minimise this unnecessary suffering.”
The law as traditionally practiced presupposes a dualism: there are “winners” and “losers”; “order,” “judgment,” “condemn,” “mandate” exude dominance, hierarchy, and non-cooperation. For instance, in litigation, naked self-interest, aggressiveness, factual disingenuousness, greed, and plain meanness are often regarded as shrewdness and strength and thus rewarded. Present practice ignores the circumference of innate human senses, to instead call upon information gathering, rather than knowledge, wisdom, and rational intuitiveness. Even in legal circles which are oriented towards social justice, one can easily find attorneys…
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