posted on Jul, 31 2012 @ 07:27 PM
Throughout the 20th century we saw man struggle against "injustice". Injustice was battled on many fronts ,by many people. Today we see some of
these people considered icons, with their.images being synonymous with "struggle against injustice." Now, whether you believe them to be a good
representation or not is moot....the point is, they are a symbol (for consumption by the symbol minded, i suppose).
Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Bob Marley, Vladmir Lenin....all these people are iconic for their struggles against "injustice".
But when you talk injustice, these people referred only to "social injustice". And that got people galvinized into a movement that enacted change.
Lenin brought about Communism in Russia, Che helped do the same for Cuba, King was greatness incarnate (and truly seems deserving of being an icon),
Marley...well, mostly the poor, and he created a movement of getting high and wanting to be socially active in between jam sessions. Regardless,
these people created movements that really did make some change (maybe not so much Marley....but he created a desire for change, if only his followers
didn't get so high and decide to eat Doritos and play Mortal Kombat instead).
But when you talk real injustice, this screams for attention. This screams for someone to create a movement. And it would seem to be a movement that
would create itself. So whats wrong? Why is human trafficking and child sex such a major issue? And, even more, why are we investigating drug
dealers when we can investigate child sex pimps?
I would suppose the reason could be most easily summed up with a saying used in adult education: WIIFM? "Whats In It For Me?"
When you talk about social injustice, you talk about haves versus have nots. But when you talk real injustice, like human trafficking, you are
talking about haves being asked to think about have nots. Obviously, humans tend to only worry about something when it pertains to what they will
get. So moving against social injustice is an obvious no brainer, because people are trying to improve their own situation. Moving against human
trafficking? Yeah....we see how much people care about that.
So we will all sit here on an internet forum, and declare that it is a travesty. But what will you actually DO about it?
I would guess not much We are all human, after all. If there isn't something in it for us, we don't care much more than to provide some lip
service, maybe make a Facebook update, and possibly donate our change at the convenience store into a pickle jar for whatever it is (be it cancer,