Thoughts : Politics (Social Justice)

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty?: A letter published in The Straits Times on the 4th of March, 2007. While applauding Dove’s involvement in a good social cause, I criticize their parent company – Unilever – for promoting the racist idea that black is ugly and white is beautiful. (2007) [Blogged here]

Creating Social Change: an “Ends Justify the Means” vs. “Means Justify the Ends” approach: Differences in decision-making by politicans and people often stem from the kind of ethical model or approach we hold on to. In this long article, I contrast an “ends justify the mean” ethical approach against that of a “means justify the ends” approach. (2006)

Soccer and Social Conscience: Reflections on the world of soccer and how that relates to social justice. (2004)

“I’m a Simple Person but you call me Complex!”: The search for a better world is carried out by simple-minded people who in childlikeness cannot understand why injustice and poverty have to exist in this world. The complex are those who explain such evils away and accept them as part of life. I’m really a simple-minded person. (2002)

“Rather than Love, than Money, than Fame, give me Truth.”: Short reflection after watching the movie Death Benefit. The movie was about a true story of man who pursued truth and justice above all else. This is more about justice in the personal or individual realm. However, when projected to the social realm of life, it’s a good illustration of what social justice is about – that is, the passionate and unflinching pursuit of truth and justice in and for society. (2001)

Christians in Complicity with the Military: This is quite a bit of ranting done by me against the oppressiveness of working in a military. Of course, to be realistic, militaries are like that all around the world and the extremely important nature of their job (to provide security for the people of the country) causes them to impose a psychology of fear (of doing anything wrong) among its employees. So I guess I’ll have to accept that in this fallen world, we can’t expect perfection. But I still stand by the idea behind the article: that we ought not to tolerate injustice and oppression and that many of us who overlook such injustice – rather than come out against it – are to a certain extent in complicity – whether we think so or not – with those perpetuating the injustices. (2001)

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