“I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things.” – Hugo Claus – Prolific Belgian Author
Do you wake up every day pissed off at how jacked up the world is? I’m not so sure I do. I mean, I have a comfortable life in America and I tend to be an inherently selfish human being. I’m pretty much focused on what I have to do each day. Every now and then I’ll see something terrible in the news and think, “Well that’s not right, somebody needs to do something about that.” So yeah, I realize there’s bad stuff going down all over the world, but I don’t know of any tangible way that little ol’ me with my busy life can make a difference. Am I a sucky person? Or am I just normal?
The truth is I’d like to make a difference, but only if it’s convenient. Does this sound familiar?
But there’s a movement that says this broken world needs mending. It’s a revolution. It’s a people who will not stand for injustice, who wake up foaming at the mouth because of the state of things. Shoot, Relevant Magazine has created an entire publication dedicated to the cause called Reject Apathy. These are the sort of people who want to make a difference, conveniency disregarded. They want to brawl with injustice and kick it square in the crotch. My good friend, Chris Free, is one of these people.
Chris works as a video editor at the corporate headquarters for one of the world’s largest international humanitarian organizations, Operation Blessing. He doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but he’s trying find some. On January 1, 2012 when countless souls set out on a quest to change their own lives with new years resolutions, Chris set out to help change the lives of others.
The Internet has allowed humanity a bit more creativity in making resolutions. Some folks start blogs in which they post a new design, illustration or photograph every day of the year. It’s an intense task but the growth one experiences during the process is for real. Chris was reflecting on resolutions like these and thought, “What do I care about enough to create every day?”
And then came a revelation: post one image of injustice happening in the world, and a way to combat that injustice. Did you catch that? Not just an announcement of a wrong, but a tangible wayyou can help correct it. Since January 1 that’s exactly what Chris has been doing–one image and solution a day. He calls it Images of Injustice.
Chris doesn’t deny the complexities in each injustice, but one simple truth will always remain: God’s grace is extended to every person. Chris’ desire is that we would all take just one injustice and combat it. Whether that’s through the Images of Injustice or via some other means that affords the passive man an opportunity to act. If we all do our part injustice will get the swift kick to the crotch that it deserves!