So, so true. foster humanity Start with yourself and love outward.
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You have two options to conflict. Change yourself or change the other. The schism being pointed out here, which is false, is that "we" are one.

We are many and society is not a single organism but it is, rather, a hierarchy.

The people at the top of the hierarchy currently have more power to change you than you have to change yourself.

So you can decide you want to change yourself, but this creates the conflict with the top of the hierarchy and then you must change the other... in this case the people at the top.

Don't buy into the lie that simply by changing your own behavior that you can change society. It's not that simple.
 
I ascribe to the starfish principle so it still has to begin with me. The fallacy many fall into is thinking that kindness has to be some huge undertaking. I can certainly change things one interaction at a time.
 
+Paulissa Kipp I agree that kindness can be easy. I disagree that my kindess will create social justice as a direct manifestation.
 
I don't believe that kindness and social justice are necessarily the same thing. No one person is equal to another except in his or her humanity. We offer the same opportunities of education, freedom and rights under the bill of rights, but we are not all imbued with the same things due to choice, due to socioeconomic circumstance, etc. We do all have the option, however, to make the navigation of this world easier for one another. I just don't see the goals as being the same. There is no magic wand of justice - social or otherwise - as much as people may wish there was.

I believe if we don't think that society is being offered enough equality via government, the educational system etc we have a representative process to remedy that. That doesn't mean we can't work at the ground level to change things for individuals; not only via the system.