Daily Touch of Inspirations
July 20th: Made for justice
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
We say of the most heinous acts that they are crimes against nature. We consider certain things to be an affront against humanity, saying, "This violates everything we hold dear." However much we differ in religion, upbringing, politics, class, or gender, we can come together in agreement there.
Why? Because our sense of justice goes marrow deep. We don't like it when people cut in line; we don't like freeloaders; we pass laws that protect the defenseless; and we pay our taxes, agreeing, in part, to redistribute out wealth to those in need. At the same time, if we think we can get away with it, we might try to cheat or bend the rules. To paraphrase Bill Walsh, when left to our own devices, many of us individuals seek lower ground like water.
The key, then is to support our natural inclination to justice with strong boundaries and strong commitments — to embrace, as Lincoln urged a divided, angry nation to do, "the better angels of our nature."