A Lion Is A Lion Because He Roars

Lion - Louisville Zoo

Lion - Louisville Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Nichiren wrote that wrath can be either good or bad.  Self-centered anger generates evil, but wrath at social injustice becomes the driving force for reform.  Strong language that censures and combats great evil often awakens adverse reactions from society, but this must not intimidate those who believe they are right.  A lion is a lion because he roars.”  -Daisaku Ikeda

If a form of social injustice crossed your path today, would you be able to recognize it?

And, if you were able to recognize it….would you then have the courage to speak out against it?

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4 Comments

  1. Oh, this really resonated with me. I wrote a piece called “I Am Elephant” about the social injustice that sometimes happens with people with Aspergers. This: ” but wrath at social injustice becomes the driving force for reform.” That gave me goose bumps. Loved this. Thanks.

  2. This is so true! Thanks for posting. Today I woke up pissed at someone and having only slept three hours. But your petty anger dissipates in the face of true injustice, and your minor discomforts mean nothing compared to the trials that some face. Today I did my first interpretation job for an asylum case involving horrific abuse by family and society just for being gay. It was very eye-opening for me to hear this person’s experience. She was very courageous for sharing her story and in such a nerve wracking context. Her story made me very angry but also motivated me to give my 100% during the four-plus hour interview. Apparently I did a good job. It also made me reflect on how even name calling can destroy a person’s spirit. I know how it feels to be called names, but I’ve also been guilty of unthinkingly using derogatory labels in my daily life. I made a vow to never allow someone to be treated like this, if I can say or do anything at all about it.

    • Wow! Your experience is powerful! Thank you so much for sharing. It would seem that calling someone a name is small and trivial. But, those little things build up and over time become very serious especially when the person is pushed to a breaking point. I see this all the time in our schools. Bullying is a severe epidemic that must be taken seriously by adults and youth especially.

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