How Do We Effectively Respond To So Much Injustice? LOP007


Responding to the Perpetrators who cause pain and injustice

On a daily basis – if you read headline news – there appears to be so much pain and anguish in the world. Often our intrinsic, immediate response to those who make us feel this way is to lash out or bash back.

Is outrage and / or physical violence an appropriate response, and if not, how can we better respond to injustice?

What individual and collective power do we have to make an unjust situation better?

What’s been happening over a long time, and what we are witnessing much more of in 2018, is an escalation of corruption, greed, and a complete loss of empathy and morality. We can fight with our fists and we can shout with our words, but that that will only create a greater division and dichotomy between those who believe they are right, and the other side that believes it is right.

This escalation into darkness will not create a humanitarian existence for life on this planet. Somehow we need to take a different approach that reinforces and demonstrates empathy – beyond what the evil-doers of this world have ever witnessed.

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  • Darren, I listened to your comments and while you were speaking thought about previous occurrences of this behaviour. A Japanese school mate of mine was born in a camp in the US during WWII. Their home was taken and they had to move to a new state after their release. The mindset of the United States has a history of harsh and murderous treatment of others but a person needs to search diligently in our history. There are things to hid because we do not want to pay for our privilege of forcibly taking the land from those who lived here prior to the arrival of any Europeans. In addition to that were persons carried to this continent in chains and kept in forced labor plantations. One response of course is “Well, that was way before our/my life.” Then “Lets kill people in the name of religion” I do believe change is necessary it may need to be one person at a time, but from that compassionate communities of those who want to change need to continue. So spaces for those who wish to lead are open and waiting…..

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bill. We need more people like you who look to the past, not the be stuck there, but to know and learn the lessons for future choices and actions. We cannot deny that we all play a role in humanity and where it’s going. As hard as it may be to NOT want to forget, have a drink, and be willfully ignorant, this type of behaviour only allow those in power to manipulate and control the masses.

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.