As much injustice as there is in the world, Dr. King, and in fact anyone who has ever worked for justice and liberation had faith in this principle. We are not there yet, and it will not be an easy road, but those working for change must always hold onto this faith.
In the last speech that Dr. King gave the night before his assassination, he said, “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” And it is our belief that the universe is ultimately on the side of justice that drives us to continue his legacy.
Many people use the term “karma” to talk about this principle. Some may argue that if that is the case, why is there so much injustice in the world?
Karma, at its core means “cause and effect:” the idea that every action has an equal reaction. The problem in our society is that we invest so much in violence – wars, prisons, violent entertainment. With all the investment we make in violence, it should be no surprise that we see so much violence and injustice in our society. With all the investment we make in violence, it is our karma that we live in such a violent society.
We need to invest in peace, and invest in justice. If we can invest more time, more resources, and more action into peace and justice, we will ultimately begin to see those returns.