“No society can function as a society, unless it
gives the individual member social status and function.”
(Peter Drucker, management consultant and professor)
We must actively support the fact that justice is about the right way to value things and not only about the right way to distribute them, as the political philosopher and professor Michael Sandel rightfully points out. In a true democracy, justice is not something that we must be able to afford. We shouldn’t need expensive lawyers, tax consultants and so on to “force” the government to give us what is rightfully ours.
How do we cultivate justice in a society intoxicated by consumerism?
We have to realize that a society is doomed without a sense of community and have to look for ways to cultivate a dedication to the common good, again as pointed out by Michael Sandel. What really matters, as opposed to trivia, i.e. what makes a life worth living. A moral, cultural core, without which a society cannot exist.
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the
kind of world it leaves to its children.”
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor)
“That is true culture, which helps us
to work for the social betterment of all.”
(Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer)
But remember that this is not about 100% equality, as this is an illusion. Anyone remembering communism will surely agree. Not only is it an illusion, but it is not desirable for humans either. Just imagine everyone thinking and doing and getting the same thing. Only connecting with like-minded people boils down to ghettoized thinking.
Wouldn’t that be boring?
Wouldn’t that invite exploitation?
It would infringe upon our personal freedom. “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” is an illusion. This being the case, all societies “discriminate” in one way or the other, think about it.
And yes, there is a trade-off between personal freedom and the common good too.
Remember junk food?