Standing Up for Justice
A Digital Story by Jamie Mayo
Stand Up: A Digital Story by Jamie Mayo, made available through the Center for Digital Storytelling
Interested in social justice? See also:
A Priest Occupies Wall Street, by Rev. Michael Riffen
Deliver us From Evil, Including Our Own, by John Cobb and Jay McDaniel
Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street?, by John Cobb
American Gun Culture, by John Cobb
Beyond American Gun Culture, by John Cobb
Can We Find God in Organized Religion?, by John Cobb
Beyond Islamophobia, by Jay McDaniel
Global Rape Culture, by Jay McDaniel
Buddhist Afterthought: As we try to build communities that are socially just and ecologically sustainable, it is important to remember that humans cannot live by good guilt alone. We also need listening. If we are in positions of privilege and power; it we are accustomed to being heard; if we assume that we can and should speak with "authority," we need to relinquish our sense of entitlement and simply be present, in a listening and nonjudgmental way, to those who are subaltern, to those whose speech is too often unheard, and to those who are not accustomed to speaking at all.
Toward this end Buddhists have an especially important role to play in world history, because it is in Buddhism, more than most other religions, that non-judgmental listening is highlighted. Such listening, fostered in meditation, introduces us to the listening side of love and helps transform guilt into creative, compassione action. The prophetic witness of Buddhism in a time of need, it to provide us with the strength to stand up to injustice, by highlighting the listening side of love.
Good Guilt and Bad Guilt