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A talk which I gave at the fourth Cosmology of Love conference at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco on April 14, 2012.

The Ecology of Justice: Transforming the victim/perpetrator paradigm

ABSTRACT:
The cosmos is profoundly and fundamentally relational and the beauty of justice can perhaps be described in the symmetry of reciprocity, its loops and curves seeking to connect all beings and strike a dynamic balance. Balance does not reflect a static state, and so it is with reciprocity, the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit. Reciprocity is a process requiring our attention, our presence, our care and tending.

That we are all different from each other is a given. Where or how we intersect is quite another matter. Could our notions of and practice of justice reflect whether we perceive our differences as alienation or as an opportunity for communion? The unified field is broken—can we see only its dividing aspect and not its relational aspect?

Together we will explore a perspective on justice akin to philosopher Cornel West's view that "justice is what love looks like in public."



Link to The Ecology of Justice on YouTube

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