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Injustice and our own moral compasses (or is it compi?)

Drew Oxley

Something that is important and relevant when talking about any kind of injustice in the world is asking the question, "what is my responsibility?". Is it our responsibility to only buy clothes that are fair labor? To only buy diamonds that we know were mined properly? To care for the orphan and widow? To make sure the education system is giving all kids equal opportunities? To get all the women being trafficked out of the system? To take in refugees?

As information becomes more available it seems our responsibility becomes greater, because with knowledge comes great responsibility. And ignorance may be bliss, but it's also the worst. If knowledge is power and then ignorance is weakness and surrender.

If injustice was a rope climb, where is the top? When will it end? It almost creates this hopelessness in us because we can climb and climb and we will get somewhere but will we get to the end? 

But should that make us slow down? I don't see why it would. Since we can't change everything should we change nothing? I don't know about you but if the injustice glass is half full it would be worth anything we could do to make it even a little more full. Let us do all that we possibly can. Let us give more. Let us start by loving our neighbor and the people right in front of us. 

All that being said I don't think you can be an activist for all things and its absolutely important to prioritize things. We think you should do all you possibly can though. We think knowing injustices should make us want to help more and use our gifts for the good of others. We have bought in and are dreaming big dreams. We are drinking the "let's stop injustice juice" .... actually we are chugging it.  We can tell you its tasty! 

As always, love your feedback. Would love to hear what you guys think about what is and isn't our responsibility when it comes to helping? We obviously don't have it all figured out and this post is a kick in the pants to us. It is a reminder that we may not be able to do everything, but we can do something! And if I was a high school basketball ball coach, this is where I would say, "Put your hands in the middle. Dream to do on three.".