Justice

Justice

Description

Justice is being fair in all that we do. We continually seek the truth, not bowing to others’ judgments or perceptions. We do not backbite. We clear up problems face to face. We make agreements that benefit everyone equally. When we commit a wrong, we are honest in correcting it and making amends. If someone is hurting us, it is just to stop them. It is never just for strong people to hurt weaker people. With justice, we protect everyone’s rights. Sometimes, when we stand for justice, we stand alone.

In the Family

In the sacred realm of family, justice is a beacon of fairness that illuminates every aspect of our existence. It is a commitment to seeking the objective truth, unfazed by external judgments or perceptions. Within these familial walls, we refuse to engage in the poisonous act of backbiting, instead opting for direct and open communication to resolve conflicts.

In our agreements, we strive for a balance that ensures every member’s welfare is equally considered and upheld. When we falter, we embrace honesty, rectifying our wrongs and making amends, setting a profound example for our loved ones. Moreover, when we witness someone in pain or suffering injustice, we muster the courage to intervene, for it is never just for the strong to prey upon the weak.

In the name of justice, we become the guardians of each other’s rights, even if it means standing alone, for, within the family, justice reigns as the noblest protector of our shared bonds.

Quote

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.

— Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C.

 The Practice of Justice

  • I think for myself.
  • I do not engage in prejudice or backbiting.
  • I make fair agreements.
  • I make restitution for my mistakes.
  • I honor people’s rights including my own.
  • I have the courage to stand up for the truth.

Balancing Justice

Several virtues are crucial in maintaining a healthy and balanced sense of Justice.

      • Compassion: Compassion balances Justice by encouraging understanding and empathy, helping individuals see the broader context and consider the feelings and needs of others when assessing fairness.
      • Forgiveness: Forgiveness balances Justice by acknowledging that people make mistakes and deserve an opportunity to rectify them, preventing an overly rigid or unforgiving stance.
      •  Integrity: Integrity balances Justice by ensuring that individuals act consistently with their moral principles and maintain honesty, even when facing difficult choices, thereby upholding fairness and truth.
      • Responsibility: Responsibility balances Justice by reminding individuals of their duty to protect the rights and well-being of others and to address injustices when they encounter them, preventing an underdeveloped sense of Justice characterized by neglect or apathy.

The balancing virtues can help individuals navigate the complexities of Justice and foster a society that values fairness and equity while promoting harmonious relationships.