On justice and unity

I’ve been struggling lately to clarify for myself the interdependence between justice and unity. What kept on coming to my mind was this Hidden Word:

2. O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

(Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Justice, as expressed in the ability to see through one’s own eyes, seems to be so much broader and powerful than justice dispensed through court systems. Thus the need to cultivate this ability, to see justly, is of paramount importance. But what I was after was a bit of a “chicken and egg” question: what comes first in our struggle to establish unity — justice as a precondition for unity, or unity as the condition for establishing justice. During a conversation tonight, a dear friend, Layli, helped me to sort this out by encouraging me to go to the Baha’i Writings:

The word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the sixth leaf of the Most Exalted Paradise is the following: The light of men is Justice. Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny. The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men. The ocean of divine wisdom surgeth within this exalted word, while the books of the world cannot contain its inner significance. Were mankind to be adorned with this raiment, they would behold the day-star of the utterance, ‘On that day God will satisfy everyone out of His abundance,'[1] shining resplendent above the horizon of the world. Appreciate ye the value of this utterance; it is a noble fruit that the Tree of the Pen of Glory hath yielded. Happy is the man that giveth ear unto it and observeth its precepts. Verily I say, whatever is sent down from the heaven of the Will of God is the means for the establishment of order in the world and the instrument for promoting unity and fellowship among its peoples. Thus hath the Tongue of this Wronged One spoken from His Most Great Prison.
[1 cf. Qur’án 4:129.]

(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 66)

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