Wir waren ein sehr vielfältige Gruppe von Jüngeren und Älteren, (relativ) Armen und (vergleichsweise) Reichen, christlich engagierten und kirchlich distanzierten, Berufstätigen Arbeitssuchenden, Renter/-innen, Angestellte und Freiberufler/-innen… aus Deutschland, Polen, Ukraine und USA, und so hat es mich doch ein bisschen überrascht, wie harmonisch die ganze Gruppe doch war.
Yesterday we ended the study conference on the topic of Justice or Righteousness which are actually the same word in German. We began our search for the origins of our yearning for justice in the Age of the reformation (but the prophet Mohammad who funded Islam at a time when people were just changing from barter to money trade, also convinced by his endeavours to balance the situation between the rich and the poor and this create more justice. Most of the time we meant Justice, thinking about how all people have equal rights to food water, clothes and shelter, as well as participation and education… no matter where they are born and what they are able or willing to contribute. The idea behind the (Global) Unconditional Basic Income is just that, the same that brought forth the Declaration of Universal Human Rights. For Martin Luther – and maybe for Mohammad as well – the reason is that all people are equal before God, the creator of all. Luther explained by his doctrine of justification that God no one can be justified by his or her own achievements but all may have the grace of God through faith alone – or simply for being there.
We were a very diverse group with people from Germany, Poland, Ukraine and USA, older and younger, employed, retired or jobless, relatively rich and relatively poor, and so it was a pleasant surprise just how harmonious our discussions were.