I think one of the core concepts of all religions is a sense of universal justice, whether dished out and served by a god or a mechanism of the mind or conditionality.
Injustice is everywhere in the world. While anything from fairy tales ending with “happily ever after” to the media releasing daily click-baity news articles about justice being served, what is the reality? How many good people are robbed of their dignity evey day around the world? Whether in the workplace, defamed, stolen from or their lives taken, or died simply because their parents didn’t believe in vaccines and they were too young to do anything about it. Is universal justice just a pipe dream? a delusion fed to us by religions and cultures to keep us complacent and working?
The dhammapadda states “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”, which I take to mean that someone eventually has to stop the back and forth swinging cycle of retribution and accept and receive injustice for the benefit of society without society even being aware of it, the ultimate utilitarianism. But such actions are a drop in the bucket and rare, that these heroes are considered black swans by philosophers.
So the reality is we’d like to believe that black swans are the norm, that there is universal justice, that everything will turn out equal, but what if that’s not true at all? What if everything is rather random and chaotic, not everyone gets what they’re owed, that universal justice is a comfortable and convenient lie we tell ourselves just like telling kids that they’ll get a gift from Santa if they behave or coal if they don’t. And what are the implications if people no longer believe in universal justice, can society even function, why work if you may not get paid or fed? We act on expectations, and inherit in those expectations is that society is dependent on justice.
I know I certainly would like universal justice to be true, and it is to an extent because the average person likes and dislikes the same things such as not wanting pain, not wanting to be lied to, cheated on and stolen from, but is this all we have propping up universal justice, a fickle wishful thinking, that often fails us but we’re unaware of due to the black swan effect until we’re the ones to win the injustice lottery and become the invisible black swans.
Anyway, that’s my rant and ramblings, what are your thoughts?