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LOCATIONS: Uganda; United Kingdom
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Societies evolve through generations of human decision making. Using the examples of 300 years of politics in Uganda vis à vis England, processes that create injustice can be seen as gradual and unintentional, while implementing justice is deliberate.

Enacting Thought:
Divine Will, Human Agency, and the Possibility of Justice

by Holly Hanson

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 19:1-4, pages 27-58
Ottawa: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2009
About: This paper argues that in the Writings of the Central Figures of the Bahá’í Faith, social structures are viewed as embodiments of thought which gather substance through generations of human decision making. The processes that create both injustice and justice are gradual, almost imperceptible in their operation, and they shape our reality. Oppressive social structures are the result of generations of self-interest, while social structures which facilitate justice result from deliberate, continuous effort to implement the will of God. Two examples, one of political transformation and one of economic transformation, illustrate this argument. The paper outlines the history of political practice in Uganda over three centuries, then examines the transformations of productive activity in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England which strongly influenced industrial capitalism.
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