If at all we are to achieve social justice, we need to create a conducive system. Looking at the system we are currently operating under globally, one easily gets the impression that it doesn’t support social justice. One actually gets the impression that the system we are currently operating under (globally) is set up specifically to ensure that there is no social justice. A situation where there is no social justice is favorable to certain groups of people. There are people who thrive by keeping the masses down. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that such people would favor a system that doesn’t support social justice.
If at all we are to achieve social justice, we will need a political system that is favorable to social justice. We will also need an economic and social system that is favorable to growth of social justice. So, how exactly do we create such a system – one which is conductive to social justice? Well, there are two pillars to pay attention to, when trying to create a system that supports social justice.
The first pillar in a system that supports social justice is where all people are given access to equal opportunities. Then it would be upon the individuals to figure out how they use the opportunities granted to them. This is akin to giving the 1-2-3 REWARDS prepaid debit card to all members of a certain group – and then tell each member to use the money in his card in whatever manner he wishes. Some will use the money well. Others will squander theirs. But your conscience will be at peace, in knowing that you gave them equal opportunities to start with. It is the same with social justice. All individuals need to be given equal educational opportunities, equal employment opportunities, equal business opportunities… and so on. Then it would be upon the individuals to know what they are to do with the opportunities given to them. In the end, you may have a stratified society: where some will have done well, and some won’t. But it would be a stratified society without bitterness – because all people would be awake to the fact that they all got equal opportunities to start with.
The second pillar in a system that supports social justice is where all people are treated equally. There are societies where, yes, people are given equal opportunities, but where people are not treated equally. This is what we see in places where they operate caste systems, or in other highly class-conscious societies. To achieve social justice, such a system has to be dismantled to the greatest extent possible. Then all people can be treated in a dignified manner, simply because they are human beings. That is what social justice is all about.