Justice is the ruling principle of social organization, and the advancement of civilization depends upon its universal application. Conceptions of justice have been explored for centuries, and today, are highly numerous and variable. In our current crisis of civilization, confusion and contention is the norm regarding such central ideas as justice, power, and knowledge. As is the case with history, freedom, and social relationships, justice – a core element of our conceptual framework – is re-conceptualized in the context of the principle of the oneness of humankind.
The foundation of understanding justice is to regard humanity as a single body, and oneself as a cell of that body. All the talents and capacities latent and manifest within each individual member belongs to the whole; and, likewise, each problem afflicting an individual or group wounds the whole. It is unjust to be concerned for the welfare of one group while ignoring – or worse, at the expense of – another group; conditions are never particular, but always global. Through regarding all of humanity as one and considering the well-being of the whole, unity can be achieved. Otherwise, how can unity exist?
The purpose of justice, therefore, is the appearance of unity. Justice is the surest means by which oneness of humankind, which is a latent truth, can be made manifest. For it ensures that progress for a segment of humanity is not achieved at the expense of systemic advancement; that limited resources are not diverted to projects at the periphery of humanity’s real needs; that the values, ideas, and knowledge of all are consulted upon, and not just one group. Justice cements the interests of the individual with that of the entire body of humankind – a very practical manifestation of oneness.