“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King's words ring true in the context of this past week. It seems the arc of the moral universe is bending toward justice. The trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin brings justice front and center for a country reeling with bigotry, racism, inequity and inequality. The arc bent, and moral clarity and justice prevailed in the conviction of Derek Chauvin.
Yet, at the same time - two more police killings just this week, bring a deeper and more profound call to justice.
It seems to me the arc of the moral universe bends and flips . . . never truly reaching the justice that will provide all human souls the peace, protection, and equity we deserve.
There is so much pain in the world. So many people are struggling, suffering, to meet their basic life needs - health, hope, home, purpose, connection, security, identity, and community. The gaps in our world make it hard for so many to find a path to a future.
Our work must be focused on bending the circumstances and situations that prevent the full expression of the moral universe. The arc will not bend without us. The opportunities of the moral universe will not be fully attainable without our efforts. We are the instruments of equity and equality. We are the instruments of justice and peace. It is our job, our purpose, to bend the arc.
Let's keep bending the arc - together - so that everyone can have access to the lives we all deserve.
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