Justice, Compassion and Economics
Peace can only be assured when people are free from fear of hunger (Adams 1995, p. 18). Justice and compassion is what we need from the powerful and the rich but it is a rare commodity in safes filled with money and treasures. While justice can be related to law and order, States’ Constitution, compassion is very personal, part of value personality and value system.
Brecher (2003) talks about how in the movement of globalization, USA lead the process of making new rules where the rules generally incorporated special benefits to the US government and to the US based corporations but looking at the current recession in the US, I am not sure if strategies based on self interest helped a lot the financial situation of the country. It feels my heart with anger and compassion at the same time when I read Edwards (2009) Every DAY the poorest countries pay the rich world almost $100 million in debt repayments. What kind of system is this? Why global justice is so foreign to the countries with great judiciary systems and brilliant lawmakers?
To develop a world where success and prosperity is not limited to one person, group or nation, we must come up with common goals based on the shared needs. In order to define common goals and agenda, we must be able to look in our future and teach others to do the same. When asked about their personal futures 7–8-year-olds were most concerned about health issues, having a good life, and issues relating to work (Hicks, D. 2004, pg 169). We all dream for same basic things, be it children or adults, therefore if world leaders genuinely come together to formulate an agenda where all the actors whether from South or North, rich or poor countries can work together to achieve common goals that benefit all, we can achieve global peace.
- Adams, David (Ed.). (1995). UNESCO and Culture of peace. Paris: Culture of Peace Programme UNESCO, 16-33.
- Brecher, Jeremy (2003). Globalization today. In Aronowitz, S. & Gautney, H. (eds.). Implicating empire. Globalization & resistance in the 21sy Century world order. New York: Basic Books. pp. 199-210.
- Edwards, Sarah (2009). A new debt crisis. London: Jubilee Debt Campaign, pp. 1-20
- Hicks, D. (2004). Teaching for tomorrow: How can futures studies contribute to peace education? Journal of Peace Education, 1(2), 165-178.