This country is badly in need of bringing Justice back into its everyday life. Just as we as a nation revere those who were once dedicated to gaining our freedom — and now care about and appreciate those who are dedicated to keeping us free — we need to put stock in those who take up the gauntlet to elevate Justice to her rightful place in every state, city, and community in this country where citizens no longer feel free because of the lack of said justice.
And not feeling free is just the tip of the iceberg. Feelings, of course, can change upon proof that the concept upon which the feelings are based is not a true concept. But if that cannot be shown and proven, not only will the feelings persist, but actions of all kinds will ensue, leading so-called authorities to take their own
retaliatory actions against those who dare to feel so outraged at what they perceive as injustice.
Yet true justice can never be one-sided. To speak up for justice on one side of the fence as if the other side deserved only condemnation without so much as a hearing, is to cheat both Lady Justice and all the people involved. As Maya Angelou said, “It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.”
So-called leaders who lead only in the direction of their preconceived conclusions without regard for “the other side of the story” are not doing anyone justice.
The whole nature of justice is to balance itself against the deed or the situation; hence the statue of blindfolded Lady Justice with the scales in her hand. One side of the justice issue will always seem to weigh more than the other side, depending on which side one is on, but true justice will require balance. To grasp that concept, such as the punishment must fit the crime, one could easily understand that the balance for stealing a pencil and notepad should not be the cutting
off of one’s hand, just as, in that same vein, the punishment for torturing and killing a child should not be five years in prison, with
time off for “good” behavior.
Without having all the relevant facts (which are needed to get at the truth, since an assortment of facts alone can not paint the whole picture), one cannot have justice. To jump to the conclusions we prefer and offer that up as truth only contributes to confusing Lady Justice, since she has to be about both truth AND clarity.
Here are some thoughts about justice that match my own: Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
–Martin Luther King Jr.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
–Martin Luther King Jr.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are
all the same.
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when
they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams
that block the flow of social progress.
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and
harmony with all.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the
shield of law and in the name of justice.
Unlike a lot of people, I don’t feel powerless. I know I can do
something. But anyone can do something, it’s not about being special.
It’s about deciding to do it — to dive into work for peace and justice
and care for everybody on the planet.
The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has
been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families,
our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in
my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.
Why not have a day that we can call Justice Day? A day on which all can be urged to ponder, examine, explore and reaffirm what justice means to all of us; after all, isn’t it said somewhere “…with liberty and JUSTICE for all”?