One lesson I’ve learned in my life is that questions are often more important than answers. The right questions orient us and provide us with direction. They form the basis of inquiry and investigation. They open up new horizons of insight and understanding — even when the answers remain unclear or uncertain. Sincere questions also foster a humble posture of learning and they invite collaborative inquiry, reflection, and deliberation; while “having all the answers” fosters arrogance, intolerance, and stridency. Questions thus appear to be an essential requisite of constructive agency and change.
One question I have been pondering recently is this: Given that unity is often invoked to justify oppression, while struggles for justice are often pursued in ways that divide and alienate us, how can we reconcile the principles of unity and justice in our pursuit of social change? Or stated another way: how does the concept of the oneness of humanity condition the struggle for justice? And how does a commitment to justice shape our understanding of oneness?