I love justice.
Justice is cool.
Justice is glamorous.
Justice is heroic.
Pursuing justice makes me feel important.
Pursuing justice makes me feel good.
It makes me feel heroic.
I like talking about justice.
I like writing about justice.
And perhaps I'm not alone in these thoughts and confessions. In fact, I believe that most people love justice. Right? We all love justice ... until there's a cost. But here's the tension and truth:
There's always a cost to doing justice.
We need to be about the marathon and not about instant gratification.
We don't need one-hit wonders; we need steady and faithful engagement.
We need people who are faithful. People who are tenacious. People who don't give up. These people are few and far between. But they can truly change the world.
The critique is not something that is exclusive to any generation. This is for those people who are breathing and alive right now. I see this as a cultural problem that is larger than any generation.
Today, it's just so easy.
Easy to change.
Easy to quite.
Easy to abandon.
Easy to file for divorce online.
So easy to do whatever.
We can explain away everything with our rationalising and emotional justifying.
I'm not trying to say that emotions aren't important, but emotion shouldn't be our sole and exclusive guide in all situation. Emotions can guide us, they can also lead us astray. They can contradict my convictions.
Have you ever heard this kind of promise: "Three easy steps to achieving all you dreams!"? Anyone who suggests such ludicrous fallacies is simply lying to you.
There is a cost to pursuing your dreams, visions and convictions. There is a cost to pursuing justice.
- Eugene Cho