While Waiting for Justice

We think that the world should always be fair. But things don’t always turn out as we expect. The promotion, titles, and applause we think we deserve because we work harder, don’t happen. Instead of the praise we eagerly await, we’re instead faced with lots of criticism. The matters we planned out meticulously go completely wrong. Injustice doesn’t always have to be a big thing. For example, on that particular day, where we want to appear the most appealing, we’ll wake up with a very unappealing zit. Who can we blame with what in this situation?

Breathing in order to stay alive, our heartbeats, the blood being pumped around our bodies, the proper function of our inner organs, and even more meticulous vital activity continue on their own. Staying alive is—intrinsically and ideally—an automatic force that develops on its own. We don’t need to learn it. But what about living?

Unlike staying alive, living is something that we must learn as long as we exist, because the information we take in automatically is rarely useful. The world is a place of surprises that can completely reverse the most paramount concepts, superior values, and highest ideals in our minds. It often doesn’t offer the seven star hotel treatment where all our expectations are fully met and where customer satisfaction is always maintained at the highest level. What injustices are committed against us that no one even knows about!

It is exactly in these moments where we have two options: 1) revolt, nervous breakdown, and hopelessness 2) acceptance, searching for a solution, hope. The biggest advantages and disadvantages for both are inflicted on us. If, until today, we have always chosen the first option and have had enough doses of unhappiness, then it’s time for option number two. We can begin by accepting that life isn’t always fair.

For all those who feel they are awaiting justice in these depressing days of uncertainty, I send out Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic. Because the song’s lyrics are just about enough to put a small smile on our faces. And if we can still smile then it means that everything is not over yet!



Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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