Fighting against criminal forces and injustice requires courage and perseverance. People who dedicate their lives toward such fights deserve esteem.
Somaly Mam is one of these people. For years she’s fought against forced prostitution of children in Asia. She founded the Somaly Mam foundation with the vision of a world where women and children are safe from slavery.
For her brave and difficult work of freeing children from slavery she received several signs of esteem such as being named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2009.
People like Somaly Mam deserve our esteem because of their desire to create a better world.
Can we agree to define truth as opposite of injustice?
Perhaps it becomes more clear when we try to express it with other words such as sincerity, veracity, integrity and justness.
There is no question that esteem and truth are closely connected with each other. Each helper word we used to explain truth we can use also to express esteem.
Often we distinguish between esteem as reward and genuine esteem. Esteem as reward seems to be superficial and non-durable. This kind of “esteem” can sometimes cooperate with injustice.
Genuine esteem on the other hand brings truth with it, shows reliability and empathy.
When we experience truth in our life we rejoice in it because we are connected to genuine esteem – for others and for us.
It’s safe to say that nobody with ethical feelings can really delight in injustice.
Too often people don’t experience esteem in their lives. As long as we have to fight in order to get esteem we will experience over and over that others get esteem unjustifiably.
Why unjustifiably? When esteem is given only under certain conditions it misses its real meaning. Then it’s no longer esteem but material reward bound to a certain cause. Losing the cause means losing the reward. On the other hand it means that people without the required condition don’t get esteem.
This situation creates injustice and feelings of anger. Anger, on the other hand, can make people delight in the suffering of others, which creates another injustice.
Esteem escapes this circle of bad feelings. When we give esteem freely without any preconditions we get it the same way and we won’t have any reason to delight in injustice.
The experience of genuine esteem liberates us in an all-inclusive way. It changes our anger reaction into understanding and the urge to be even more focused on esteem. Knowing that esteem can break through negative circles like this pushes us toward a life full of esteem.