Originally I thought my draft for last week’s writing prompt was going to end with, “…to be continued…”. And I was right.
Reflecting on what justice is, is an important thing for all of us to do. And talking about what justice is might seem straightforward at first because we all seem to have similar instincts and innate perceptions about what justice is and what it is not. However, perhaps ironically, justice becomes a lot less straightforward when we view it from the lens of our legal systems…
Every time I think that maybe I bit off more than I can chew for this week’s writing prompt: Write A Short Essay About Justice, I try to remind myself that it’s only a SHORT ESSAY. And, as I mentioned in my post on Monday, that it is a short essay that will likely conclude with “…to be continued…”. So, keeping that in mind, it was a little easier to not feel quite so daunted by this week’s writing prompt in the end.
In yesterday’s post, I asked a BIG question: What Is Justice? And while we all have our intuition and sense about what it is, and can certainly intuit when it’s missing… how should we define justice and talk about it when we’re talking with others? Especially those who may not agree with us? Is there common ground to be found here?
To get this dialogue rolling, let’s consider some of the notable quotes about justice below.
Before I begin writing my short essay about justice for this week’s writing prompt, I want to take a step back and sincerely reflect on what justice is, and what makes something or someone just or unjust.
My intuition and observations lead me to understand that there are different forms of justice societies value or appreciate, as well as how it’s administered. But are there fundamental beliefs about justice most of us share?
This week is as good a time as any other to consider what justice is to us as individuals and as a collective society, both locally and globally.
With Derek Chauvin’s trial currently underway this week, recent headlines telling us that billionaires became exponentially richer during what was the worst of the coronavirus pandemic for so many others economically, the quest to find perpetrators behind the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, new science and coverage revealing how climate change severely affects those in certain socio-economic classes globally— and the list goes on and on—it’s time to pause for a few moments and consider: what is justice?