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101: Social Justice

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Corrective Justice, Human Rights Education, Social Justice |

What Is Social Justice?

Even though the majority of people when asked would be for social justice, when they are faced with a simple question and when they should define the very notion, you will often see that their opinions and definitions are much different and that they often vary.

 Why Is It Difficult To Define Social Justice?

It can in fact be rather difficult to define social justice, namely due to the fact that often this term means different things for different people. Therefore, some people will orient themselves to the aspects of reaching financial equalities or wealth or health.

So, What Is Social Justice, Then?

The best way to define social justice would be to imagine a place where all people would be equal, especially in terms of wealth, opportunities and privileges within a society. This means that all people should have the same opportunities in this world and in this society. This is of course a concept which is not easily accomplished and in fact, it is rarely ever even partially accomplished.

What Values Are Cherished?

People who believe in social justice often cherish certain values that give the freedom to the humans. Namely, they believe in freedom of thought, liberty to express one’s religious, philosophical and moral beliefs and live according to those beliefs. Furthermore, they believe that people should have the freedom in a political way, the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, all these values are associated with social justice. Also, social justice fights for the liberty and integrity of people, especially with it comes to freedom to work and earn money in order to sustain a life.

Health Care

Social justice takes an especially firm stand when it comes to health care. Since health care is not affordable for everyone, people who cherish human rights believe that as a society better healthcare should be available to everyone, and even to families with low income. Furthermore, there are much more drastic examples around the world of people being malnourished or suffering from infectious diseases. Social justice therefore must be distributed to all places in the world equally and all people should have the same chances to lead a healthy and happy life, regarding of their gender, social status, or level of education.


Why It Is Important To Learn About Human Rights?

human-rightsIt is very important to learn and educate oneself on human rights, mainly because people who are privileged have the opportunities to help those who are unprivileged. This opportunity must not be wasted. The more people learn more about the unfairness of the world, the more they want to change something and help those who are in need and suffering. There are so many people around the globe who are not blessed with a warm meal every day, a happy family, a steady income or even health for that matter. Their level of education and their social status, does not make them less worthy human beings that should suffer. Therefore, we must do everything in our power to change the world and bring social justice and social equality to everyone.