Saturday, October 27, 2012
Social justice per FDR
My cousin sent me this inaugural address from 1937, delivered by Franklin D. Roosevelt. I especially like his point that social justice is not just the right thing to do, but also the sensible thing to do, for if too many of our neighbors and countrymen are poor, their poverty also denies the rest of us the possibility of working, selling, and prospering. It is a point I have tried to make clear in my sustainability workshops. We should take care of our fellow man, or of the environment, not because we are particularly good or conscientious or charitable people, but because without taking care of the people and things that surround us, we will also damage our own well bein.