I have seen the majority over the minority in democracy, gender over fairness in equality, and rich over poor in social class…the clamor for justice appears to be self-interested and instrumental… with an often disregard for justice, desire seems to be motivated by our pleasure over another’s pain. Arguably, the quest for diverse equality in many ways breeds new inequalities. As I see it, the problem intrinsic to the implementation of justice is that it has the unintended consequence of creating divides, a departure from its envisioned harmony. That is, in a community of people, we are often uncertain who are the losers in Justice, and the winners in injustice. Nevertheless, Justice was never meant to be a tool intentionally focused on the individual’s interest but designed to manage and protect a well-ordered society.
“Diffusion of Democracy” is lauded as the path to global unification. The concept diffusion of democracy presupposes one nation superior to another across a spectrum of ethical systems (business, governance, care, finance, religion, social). The construction of power grants those deemed at its apex the privilege to espouse value-laden judgments on the inferior, although such dogma is nothing more than the privilege of the powerful. In a world guided by mistruths and intimidation, democracy can hardly unify the nations. Unity requires respect for nation sovereignty, cultural differences, and transparency in the ethics of global social justice. The collapse of systems must occur before they can ever unify.
I have had the personal experience of defending black history and future, after an intellectual discussion on justice and reparations with astute peers at a very high academic level, I feel many may be sympathetic for blacks but hardly empathetic. Although blacks grapple with institutional racism, the aging systems, and its members are comfortably set, with few incentives to change the trajectory of the status quo. I sat at the table of human diversity, as a representative, so many questions and a vague consensus on a solution.
The pace of the world quickened at the very thought of black freedom, nobody has looked back not since emancipation, a race to the top, looking back may slow [us] down. For many people the phrase “reparatory justice” sounds a lot like the claim “unequal distribution of resources”, in a world where equitable distribution does not mean “equal” division – it means “fair” division, where those who determine what is fair also determine what is equal, in violation of the separations of powers principle.
I am left pondering.
It is rare we make decisions that represent our true desires; as conformists in well-defined structures, our rights to free will has been usurped by the systems that govern us. Dismally, we contemplate carrying out rights or privileges which are mere fragments of inner desires, but the reality of assigned roles and identifications commands us to accept a filtered notion of human reality. Reality is largely comprised of many social constructs, several of which are referred to as systems, created by men for men. Hence, all things created by men are subject to the scrutiny of other men.
Many of us live our lives as traditionalists, although liberated in body we willingly give our minds to be controlled and positioned within the state’s notion of successful citizens. Even as I write, we are all lost in pursuit of ourselves, since despite our scholarly specializations and innermost passions, the systems have obliged all of us a single map with many roads to individual successes. How can we know who we are when those who reign as the epistemological sovereigns, deny men their freewill by imposing such a system on men while they are yet unborn? While still babies in the womb we manage to bargain with our independence, the right to live independent lives. Taxation without representation. The struggle to know thyself is confronted with the struggle to be thyself, and the systems of this world are the all-powerful marionettist that string along human desire through deception.
Some say a world without systems will lead to chaos; this then creates the inevitable conclusion that systems even by default assure us of a less chaotic life. In turn, less chaotic does not suggest the complete absence of chaos. Therefore, one is left deprived from his natural liberty, since the system chooses for men the level to which he will risk or explore his own human existence.
These systems have moved beyond simply delegating the activities of our lives, now they assume the title of “Human Life”. In many ways the systems have defined life and mankind, to discover the latter is to discover the former, merely puppets in the play of life. These systems are the organizations, structures, laws and regulations that govern human behavior and cognition. In a world where the majority of the citizenry conforms and acknowledges such a system as legitimate, the will to overcome is individual in nature.
In order to know life outside the systems one must first deny what seems like the most basic truths. One must learn to trust instinct and conscience; it is the nature of all men to thrive and survive. Humans are social beings seeking love and refuge among those of similar kind. The systems that control men are intrusive in nature, endeavoring to forcefully acquire the minds of men. The systems that control us are the ones that have acquired our minds. The acceptance of one’s inferior position in systems essentially caste, is an essential element of human exploitation. To know life outside the system is to neglect all that the system has indorsed as essential to human existence.
To desire a dwelling outside of the world’s systems reflect a willingness to know he who existed before the systems and the world. To abide outside the systems places one in solitude with the Lord.
The Bahamar fiasco like everything else in Bahamian society has become a topic politically driven. To make matters worse, there are individuals who are hyperventilating over the issue, while their views are completely nonsensical. I am not a genius, but I am quite aware that there are legal matters gleaned from both domestic and international law that surrounds this controversy, and must be addressed before informed opinions can be uttered. Bahamians are already casting aspersions on who the culprits are without sufficient facts. But like we say, ‘I live in a democracy and I could say what I want”. Democracy prides its self on pluralism and division, Bahamians argue for and against ideas not knowing the relevant details, all we see is gold, red and green. For many Bahamians this entire dilemma is about our local politics, this is such a tragedy. Nothing else matters so long as the world knows our individual views, Yes…we have a right to speak freely. Although we ramble on with dogma. What about the obligation to make sense of our ideas before we share them? The cost owed to freedom is responsibility. Free speech is a right that has been and continues to be exploited… (Apparently). Today everyone is demanding their voice be heard at the harsh expense of nobody actually listening. The vibrant parts of society functions like a noisy market, those spaces where people gather such as Facebook, under the tree, Barber shops, and Hair Salons to name a few. Noise in this sense would be those inflammatory dogmatic statements, or opinions that are disjointed, imprudent, lewd, and fixated on obscenity. Somehow, matters that require judiciousness and common-sense discussion are lost in the deafness of the noisy market. It is such a privilege that people, all people, are able to participate in unrestrictive dialogue, in an effort to express freedom of opinions. Sadly, Instead of embracing such a source of pride, we sacrifice meaningful contributions simply to make a little noise in the markets.
The cost owed to freedom is responsibility. Free speech is a right that has been and continues to be exploited. Today everyone is demanding their voice be heard at the harsh expense of nobody actually listening. The vibrant parts of society functions like a market, those spaces where the day to day people gather; Facebook, under the tree, Barber shops, Hair Salons and other markets. However, great ideas and great people have emerged from the markets, in those scenarios vendors and patrons alike stopped talking and they listened. Noise in this sense would be those inflammatory dogmatic statements, or opinions that are disjointed, lewd and fixated on obscenity. The noise in the market is literally just that, everyone talking nobody listening. Somehow, matters that require prudence and common-sense discussion is lost in the deafness of the market. In the 1930’s many riots occurred in the Caribbean due to the “noise in the market”, of course this noise was built around the desire for equality and justice which we have today. It is such a privilege that people, all people, are able to have unrestrictive dialogue and express freedom of opinions. Sadly, with such a privilege we sacrifice meaningful contributions on daily and current discourses simply to make a little noise in the markets.