Happy Tyr’s Day
Defining justice is not easy especially when you have realized a couple things. 1) That there is no such thing as fair. 2) There may not be an afterlife or a supreme being to balance the scales after this life is over.
The first means that justice is not based on fairness so much as equitable treatment of each person as much as possible. No matter what might seem fair, it isn’t always going to happen. Something you can either accept which will give you a lot more peace, or fight which will lead to personal strife. Hopefully, the price of that strife is worth it, so the peace that follows more than makes up for it.
The second notion is a little harder to accept and one of the reasons I think belief in the afterlife with a supreme being that balances all the scales of justice is a common concept among many religions. It might just be wishful thinking to a childish hope. It might well be that you may be the victim of a crime or an injustice and there will never be any resolution to it in this life or the next. What do you do about that?
For me, I have decided that it is more important to act justly than receive recompense as my personal definition of justice. I may never see justice done to certain people that I think deserve it, but I can treat people with just dealings that fit a certain definition of justice. I can behave justly, so perhaps this definition works best:
Justice: Just behavior or treatment of others, a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
I need this sense of justice in my life as I deal with others. I don’t always like the people that I deal with, but there is still a need to be respectful of others’ humanity regardless of personal feelings. Being respectful has its own rewards. People also know when that respect is genuine or not. That means there is a need for this definition to be more than lip service but a genuine lifestyle.
If you want to be treated justly, you need to treat others with justice. Even though you may not receive it at times, you will never receive justice if you are a person who never gives it. If you play favorites, don’t be surprised if people do the same back. If you do treat people equally, then you have a better chance of receiving the same in return. Personally, this is why my definition of continues to be about respect for everyone’s humanity.
Reason address the subject of mercy verses rightness. I have pretty much abandoned the notion that forgiveness should just be given. I find a whole lot of injustice goes on and it basically white-washed in the name of forgiveness. A lot of injustice takes place and is glossed over in the name of ‘God will fix it later’ or ‘it’s better for you to forgive’. Reason tells me that those two statements might not be true. Sometimes when you receive justice in this world for wrongs, that’s when you find peace. It is also more responsible to act like we are the only instruments of justice and not believe blindly that others will do it for you later, even a supreme being.
The wisdom issue is when to forgive and when to demand justice. I forgive a lot as most things are just not worth crying or expending the emotional energy to achieve in regards to justice. Life isn’t fair, so many things are just a reflection of that and you can spend your life bitter if you don’t let a lot of them go. There are a few things and they center around I know that I won’t be at peace until I see the scales balance. It is identifying these issues and how to approach them knowing that I might never receive justice. Patience again is key but also knowing the fine line between vengeance and justice.
I have about three things in my life right now that I struggle with concerning justice, the rest is just noise and things I forgive most of the time. These things haunt my dreams and thoughts almost every day.
1) I struggle to still respect the humanity of certain people, it is hard being equitable at times when you see douchebags get away with shit in how they treat others.
2) I still struggle with how people perceive me as more responsible for my affair than the young woman with whom I was involved. The only thing I hold against her is that she really hasn’t or I haven’t heard of her doing much to correct this notion. I would give it as much thought as the rest of the issues in our relationship – chalk it up to love lost and ‘that’s the way some relationships go’ except for this one thing. Hurts, but I can live with most of it. I wish her well for the most part. The favoritism toward her, which is unmerited in my opinion, and she doesn’t seem to have ever done anything to correct herself that bothers me.
3) The man who handled things ‘for me’ in front of the church claiming to be my friend. Yeah, my hope would be to see poetic justice done where his lifestyle of lies is revealed for what it is. He is as phony as a three dollar bill, but some people think he is a good man. I know better now. He dumps anyone who is no longer of use to him, as evidenced by the people he has broken faith with who are in a long line of broken relationships behind him. When they no longer serve his purpose or are an advantage to him, he dumps them often deceiving them in the process. It is a pretty clear pattern going back quite a way. If I saw poetic justice done to him, I would clap. If I had the chance to be a part of it – yep, no hesitation to pull that trigger. I just patiently wait to see if it will ever happen or I will be given the opportunity, as I know it would give me a great deal of peace to see it or help it along.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.