One of the major causes of injustice and oppression is lack of knowledge and perpetuation of ignorance. This is done through words, actions, and policies of self-interested governments, leaders, corporations, media, clergy, etc. They seek to retain their power; and because knowledge empowers, they block its access, stifle its generation, and manipulate its meaning. When an individual lacks or has a twisted perception of self-knowledge, then one cannot see through one’s own eyes; when an individual is coerced – through adversarial policies and oppositional practices – to accept notions by those in power, then one cannot know through one’s own knowledge. This is injustice.
What does it mean to fight for justice? To struggle against injustice? We know our methods must be unifying, yet this does not mean passivity.
One approach, that was mentioned earlier, is empowerment. This takes the form of empowerment in the access, generation, application of knowledge towards a prosperous world civilization – becoming active participants in one’s own learning. This includes knowledge of true self and talents, knowledge of humanity’s nature, knowledge of science and religion, and knowledge of physical, spiritual, and social forces that operate in the world.
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