The teachers of British Columbia are striking to protest an unjust law. It seems they feel the law is unjust because it forces them to work under conditions to which they have not agreed. The Palestinians believe the laws they live under are similarly unjust. The laws passed to establish apartheid in South Africa and Southern U.S. were considered unjust. Nazi Germany passed unjust laws as did the British in India. All the people that pass me on the highway think traffic laws are unjust. Sadly we could go on and on for the only law that is just is the "Law of Human Nature". (see poem)
By it we are directed to reach out to the limits of our capacities, to others and to God, the ideal reaction to the void inherent in our being. However, all of us, most to a greater extent, believe this law is unjust. So instead of "reaching out...", we try to fill the void or give up. Trying to fill the void creates a problem not found in "reaching out...". Since we all have unique capacities, when "reaching out to the limits of our capacities..." we do so in the same direction. On the other hand, when trying to fill the void we direct our activities inward toward the void within, a direction that is opposed to the rest of humanity.
Fortunately we don't try to fill the void exclusively. For if we did we'd self-destruct in an orgy of conflict. Rather, we compromise to some extent. We make laws to contain the conflict to the extent we agree to disagree. However, we can not take pride in compromise. The consequence of "reaching out..." is self-realization. The consequence of trying to fill the void is self-destruction. Compromise gives us a measure of both with one consequence dominating.
The amount of conflict in our existence and the number of unjust laws we pass trying to control it tell us how close we are to self-destruction. I think of how many laws have been created recently just to contain the threat of terror. I am afraid the settlement for the B.C. teachers is going to be another unjust law.