According to the Free Dictionary, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/justice
1.The quality of being just; fairness: In the interest of justice, we should treat everyone the same.
a. The principle of moral rightness; decency.
b. Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness: argued for the justice of his cause.
Okay. We know what it is, but, without getting preachy, can someone explain what the heck has gone wrong with our interpretation of the meaning of the word?
Let’s start with the first meaning: fairness. As the example says, we should treat everyone the same–treat them the way we want to be treated–but that isn’t happening. People are being treated unfairly because of the color of their skin, their gender, their income level, their religion,or their sexual orientation.
What gives people the idea that their ‘holier than thou’attitude can make me a second class citizen, deprive me of my rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, tell me where to go, what to wear, where to sit, etc. because I’m a woman?
Let’s look at the second meaning: decency,moral rightness. How can it be morally right to kill unarmed, unsuspecting men, women, and children simply because you don’t like what they stand for? What they believe? How they live their lives? I’m not passing judgment on any side. I know, in war, lots of innocent people become collateral damage, but I’m talking about terrorist attacks like 9-11, the Spanish train bombings, the London subway bombings, the execution of the people at the Paris magazine.
How can it be right to hate a person because of the color of their skin? How can it be acceptable to any deity to murder people, denounce women and treat them like slaves, kidnap young girls and sell them into slavery?
Because I try to avoid being unjust, I do my best to treat everyone with respect, to try to understand that their beliefs are as valid as mine, but somewhere there has to be a place where we can say, whoa! I understand where you’re coming from, but you have to understand me as well.
Justice isn’t having your rights as an individual trampled by someone else demanding theirs. Justice is greater than that. It’s accepting the differences and going on with your life, allowing them to go on with theirs.
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