Justice and Injustice
Justice is the philosophical or legal theory by which fairness is administered. As much as justice is the same, its concepts differ in every culture. Some people believe that justice is what has the best consequences while others argue that justice is derived from mutual agreement of all the parties involved. Justice maintains equality in disputed matters, where the wrong doers get punished while the virtuous get rewarded. Justice is hence a point of equity in between equalizes the two extremes involved. Injustice, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of justice just as good is the opposite of evil and white the opposite of black. Injustice is the absence of justice, where rights of other people are violated, and unfair treatment of people is exercised. Where injustice prevails, equality is not maintained in disputed matters; moral rights, as well as legal obligations, are not fairly practiced either. This paper is set to discuss justice and injustice.
In the modern world, governments exist in every society, the governments are charged with the responsibility of providing justice to their citizens who in turn should follow every just rule set by the government. Justice differs from one government to another and what is just in one government could be an injustice in another; for instance, capital punishment is just and allowed to some countries while in other where citizens believe that only God can take away a person’s life, it is considered injustice. Justice is arguably an important thing in any society. Unquestionably, any system has flaws, and no single system can be a hundred percent just. Justice has significances that are far much beyond just equitability.
Justice promotes peaceful co-existence of people of the different divisions. Where justice is present peace prevails. In just societies, citizens are treated equally regardless of their races, level of education, family background or wealth and when found in the wrong the necessary available measures apply to all the people. This promotes harmony among the people who deem themselves equal in the society thus promoting peace.
Justice promotes cooperation. Citizens contented with justice provided to them by their different forms of government are cooperative. Justice presents people with a sense of pride. When law offenders are taken to court, tried and charged without fear or favor based on their guilt and not their status in the community, pride is instilled in the people. They get proud of their system that is just; a just system under which all of them are treated equally. Justice promotes security where offenders get punished for their crimes while those wronged against getting means of undoing harm inflicted to them by others. Justice also instills a sense of belonging to people. People subjected to the same just authorities see themselves as one people. A sense of belonging to the whole community is based on every one of them.
Injustice on the hand promotes discrimination and inequality. A section of people based on race, political ideologies, or wealth gets treated better at the expense of others who are mistreated and demeaned. In such societies, injustice leads to non-cooperation, civil unrest, war, and discontent. Those who are get favored see those discriminated as inferior. The ones discriminated, therefore, resent the system and hate those favored thereby creating tension that can lead to war anytime something pulls the trigger.
In conclusion, justice and injustice cannot co-exist in the same place. Justice promotes peace, cooperation and unity where it is practiced. It also builds a sense of belonging to citizens. Injustice is a social vice that promotes discontent, non-cooperation, civil unrest, and war. Any form of injustice is a threat to justice everywhere.