Want to make the world a fairer place? Fairness is all about creating equality and giving people the common dignity and respect we all deserve. There are currently many ways in which the world is not equitable, ranging from class issues to gender inequality. By taking action to help others, you can do your part to right these injustices. This article explores just a few ways to fight for a fairer world.
Call Out Acts of Injustice
If you see an act of injustice that goes against common decency and respect, don’t just ignore it—call it out. If it’s dangerous to do so, call the police or a suitable professional to deal with it. If someone isn’t being a danger and they’re just being a jerk, confront them personally about what they’ve done.
Some people will know what they have done is wrong and may even apologize or otherwise make amends right away. Others may try to defend their actions; in this instance, you may have to try to educate them by letting them know exactly why their behavior is wrong.
If someone—or an organization, group, or institution—still refuses to acknowledge their harmful actions or change their ways even after trying to educate them, there may not be much you can do directly. Your next option is to spread awareness of injustice and get support.
Find Strength in Numbers
Sometimes acting heroically on your own is not a good idea. That’s when you need a team to back you up.
If there is no existing group dedicated to your cause, consider making your own. This could be through a charity, a social group, or a social media page. You can also plan your own events and launch your own petitions.
Listen to Both Sides
You cannot claim to be fair if you’re not listening to both sides. Make sure you’re listening to what each has to say and that you’re not just looking for information that supports your beliefs.
You may have a change of heart by listening to someone and realizing you were mistaken about someone’s intentions. You may also gain a better understanding of how someone thinks, so you can form better arguments against them if needed.
There are several ways in which you can listen to both sides. This can include reading publications that support either side, following people from both sides on social media, reading books on the respective worldviews, and watching documentaries of certain viewpoints.
Make Your Voice Count
Big changes often come from votes. Make sure that when you vote, you’re voting for the candidate or option that makes the biggest difference to your cause. Don’t cast a vote unless you know more about the ideology and people for which you’re voting. Voting is almost always the fair way of doing things—and it is likely to get fairer in the future, as the likes of Cardano blockchain technology digitize it.
Set the Better Example
Consider the injustices you wish to fight, and make sure you are not guilty of doing the same things as the people or groups you call out. For instance, if you have been standing up for a marginalized group, make sure you’re not marginalizing other groups in the process.
History can often repeat itself as soon as people start to behave like those who spread injustice. For instance, there have been numerous times throughout history where resistance leaders have overthrown dictators only to become dictators themselves. Cycles of revenge can also be found throughout history and are still ongoing in many parts of the world. It’s important to know when to be the better person and not fight fire with fire.
Hold On to the Heroic Mindset
As I’ve written before, heroism is humanism. If you act from the heroic mindset and keep universal human dignity first and foremost, you’re acting from the right place.
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