“Many authors criticize the idea that there exists an objective standard of social justice. …Cynics believe that any ideal of social justice is ultimately a mere justification for the status quo. Supporters of social Darwinism believe that social justice assists the least fit to reproduce, and hence should be opposed.”
To start off this weeks blog I wanted to write about the definitions of peace, social justice and activism. However, upon doing very scholarly research (Google) I came across the above quote. The work I do to help others at the Compton Center and throughout all facets of my life are very dear to me, nonetheless the quote upset me. Personally the quote highlights the complexities of privilege. In the animal kingdom it is true that species are adapted for their environment in order to survive. I question the perspective in the quote above as to what makes one human better than the other. If we look in our society those considered least fit to produce (example: the poor), is this a social issue or biological one? Are some people really better adept to surviving? No, because the basic essentials of food, water and shelter can easily be provided for man kind. My intent was not to disregard the above statement but rather to think critically. Social justice is not an attempt to assist those least fit, but rather to help correct the wrongs of the past, of the elite and all other forms of oppression that unjustly hurts the people of our society. What do you think?