The State and Injustice

I’ve often heard folks on one side of the political aisle suggest that government is a source of injustice if it is allowed to grow large and take on more responsibility.  I’ve often heard folks on the other side of the political aisle proposing government action as a solution to various kinds of injustice.

I strongly disagree with both.  Not because either perspective has no merit, but because both are failing to address the root of the problem.  Injustice always precedes the existence of government, and government is always a reaction to injustice, whether the nature of that injustice is a violation of negative or positive rights.  Thus, government is never a solution for injustice or a cause of it.

The source of injustice is human behavior, which is rooted in our human mental and emotional processes.  So to prevent injustice, we need not build grand forms of governance or institutions of power.  We need to systematically change our mental and emotional processes.

So perhaps instead of only seeking to better our treatment of the symptoms of injustice via government, we should also be seeking ways of effectively eliminating the disease by changing ourselves to better bring about a society that can be just whether government exists or not.

If we do not, our species will continue to be like Sisyphus, eternally pushing a boulder up a hill, frustrated that we never succeed, and unaware that we have only ourselves to blame for our plight.

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8 Responses to The State and Injustice

  1. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @Girl_Without_Pity – Thanks, and thanks for the recommendation.  I usually don’t get those. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. @Nous_Apeiron – My pleasure! You’re main concept of this post is what I’ve always acknowledge was the problem with–almost everything human. I mean, you brought up (in)justice and government but if people only (truly) knew how much the world and all in it would change if the initial alterations were done by us–we would surely see that change we are desperately trying to achieve via government. Like I said, you said it nicely!

  3. sumeoj says:

    “We need to systematically change our mental and emotional processes.”Though you are correct in saying that by changing the way how we approach things, we can easily solve most conflicts/crime, I don’t see how we can actually carry this out.1. Most all people do not wish to change. (Much less admit that there’s something wrong with them.)2. Even if there were some sort of program to bring about this change, no doubt there will be other unforeseen problems arising from such a program. 3. There are many different definitions on what exactly entails a “better” society. With so many different types of people and so many different values, I doubt that there will be a consensus on what the ideal mental/emotional processes exactly is. Or how one can reach it.

  4. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @sumeoj – Those are very important concerns you bring up, and ones I’ve given considerable thought to.  They are outside the scope of this particular blog entry, but I have some specific notions about how humanity can develop itself in productive ways that are functional given our existing limitations.I’m saving those more lengthy ruminations for more a weighty volume than my blog, though.  No way I can include all that here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. mothertofour says:

    Pardon me for intruding…i couldn’t find your “messages” so wanted to say hello as i saw you on Revelife, and was curious as to your “conversion”i am on Xanga and Revelife, although i mostly write on Xanga…PS love your comment about “what doesn’t kill me…” *smile*Jenni

  6. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @mothertofour@revelife – Thanks, Jenni.  ๐Ÿ™‚  You are welcome to hear about my conversion.  As far as sending me a message, did the Message link not show up on my Profile page?  If not, I can give you the URL and you can try it directly.

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