Justice

In Short:

Justice is a matter of opinion that often masquerades as an accepted truth.

In More Detail:

Justice, like god, is a complicated word to define.

Unlike God — many of the definitions of which acknowledge their petty differences and war over them — justice often masquerades as an accepted truth. Ask a random person what justice means to them and their answer could include anything from the personally defined: “justice is anything that feels morally right,” to the blindly accepted: “Justice is whatever the judge decides it is.” Between — and even on either side of — these two very different stances, there are a plethora of varying definitions.

Somehow, despite the seemingly obvious murkiness of these waters, people will speak to each other of “justice” as if it is something real and established, something that has been recorded and agreed upon. The simplest of surveys reveals that this is not at all the case.

As stated elsewhere on our site, true justice — if such a thing exists — would no doubt stand alone and unquestioned, not needing the label, “just,” to validate itself. True justice would not require the forceful defense provided by such a label. True justice would have nothing to defend.

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