Evolution is the often messy process of life adapting to varying environmental conditions over time. Social justice movements have developed and progressed along the same lines, most emerging in response to a public outcry and resulting a large scale call to arms. This dynamic is both the strength and Achilles heel of all such movements.
Why? Because evolution is a system for ensuring survival and not for solving problems. When a movement is born, it becomes a living, breathing entity and as such its prime directives will always be to multiply and to continue its own existence. This is a conflict of interest because of one simple truth: a movement dies the very instant that it accomplishes it goals.
This has given rise to many toxic, self-serving and often hypocritical ideologies that play a major role in the divisiveness we see around us. This is also why we seem to be caught in our own version of Groundhog Day where every problem we “solve” creates two more in its place. What if we broke the cycle once and for all? What if we built a better version of Social Justice from the ground up?
This is a huge undertaking and our path is rife with pitfalls that can divide us, challenge our objectivity, cause us to lose focus and ultimately fail to accomplish our goals. As such it seems prudent to create a logically sound outline of our overarching plan and then fill in the details over time. The most obvious pitfall is getting unduly sidetracked into listing the faults present in our current ideologies.
For this reason, Engineering A Brighter Future will focus on facts that pertain directly to the solution. Our blog, Into The Weeds, will serve as the place where we get into the minutia of the subject and the two branches of Social Justice 2.0 will interconnect as needed to stay the course. Stating our goal is fairly simple: Use objective truth and reason to outline the most direct route between where we are and where we want to be. Accomplishing that goal is a bit more complicated…