Justice and hope

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 16:53

If we create the right kind of personal identity, we can say things to the world around us that they don’t yet believe, and get them to do things that they don’t think they can do.---Bryan Stevenson, founder Equal Justice Initiative, speaking at TED

Stevenson deals with injustice that condemns children to die in prison, and our legal system that condemns one innocent person out of every nine to execution. Watch Stevenson talk about injustice and be energized and gain hope.

Stevenson says: We need to attend to hopelessness, injustice, and poverty, we must not separate them from our lives. We must have the courage to accept that our humanity depends on that of everyone else. We need dignity and justice. Who we are as a society is defined by how we treat the weak, the poor. The moral arc of the universe is long but it tends towards justice.

That is what he means by the right kind of identity, the pursuit of justice for all. It means accepting the pain of empathy and being strong.

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