We want justice and fairness and balance so much that we’re willing to speak out, take a stand, fight, and if necessary, die to have their presence in our lives.. Justice, as one of the cardinal classic virtues, is built into our very spirits… it’s part of the alloy from which our souls are forged.
Justice, however, is (unfortunately) subjective.
I wish it were different, really… but what equates to justice for one person may not be seen as just by another. For example, is it just to do the things that are being done by our current administration to those seeking asylum at our borders? I say “no”, those things aren’t just. Others would disagree. What about the separation of families, of children from parents when their situations are already desperate, and terrifying? “Nope. Definitely not just.” said WIlliam. Once again, others would disagree. Our list of examples could go on and on, and the perspectives would be the same… there would be a spectrum of agreement, ranging between “absolutely” and “not in the least”, for each justice exploring example.
… and it doesn’t matter.
Still, even in the face of mutable justice, we must practice that we may know what deep-justice “feels” like in our bones. The kind of justice that goes beyond the senses, and yet, can still be somatically understood. We must have strong boundaries and equally strong commitments if we’re to embrace justice as Virtue. Justice without ego.
It’s our duty, after all.
(See y’all tomorrow)