Dr. King believed, “Justice at its best is love correcting all that stands against love.” This implies a deliberate action one would take to achieve justice; showing love.
But love isn’t the easiest choice. When faced with a horrific injustice such as Rape in the Congo, it’s more natural to desire an abrupt end to this abomination than to invest the necessary time, patience and money to solve the epidemic through love.
In America especially, the first reaction to injustice is often an eye for an eye. “If you kill someone, we’ll kill you.”
I have yet to witness this as a viable long-term solution. It tends only to serve the immediate desire for power and a satisfied ego. The long-term solution is one of patience, kindness and love, all of which require a tremendous amount of discipline and deliberateness.
I am a fighter at heart, in that I desire justice. But I am no longer a fighter in the literal sense of the word. It is still my first instinct to stop injustice “by any means necessary”. Everything inside me wants to fight.
But I have come to realize this fight does not serve the people so much as it serves my ego and need for purpose. More often it creates even worse problems. This journey has proven to be my most difficult human challenge. I strive daily to be a “petitioner of love”.
Sure, it sounds heroic to annihilate an evil dictator regime, but does it truly solve the problem, or just give the appearance of resolution only to create more problems down the road that ensure the indefinite necessity for your services; i.e. repeat business.
If justice is love personified, how can we justify war to bring about peace? Is that merely a quick and non-sustainable fix?