Practicing justice is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don’t prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don’t accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.
Have you ever been the bully, the cheat or the liar?? It’s such an interesting conversation. In my experience- most people have, myself included. “We” in general can be so quick to judge and condemn- give a sentence and throw away the key… I think for the most part that when a person chooses to be the bully, and to lie or cheat- usually it is because of their own pain, feelings of inadequacy, unforgiveness and or resentment. For me whats true is that ultimately we all want to be loved and accepted, and in our humanness sometimes we fall short.
There is of course a consequence for every action we take, and we will at some point have to reconcile that with ourselves or a system depending on what we’ve done. I think that is why it is taught to do unto others and you would have done unto you. It certainly makes sense to me.
When someone else falls short- if they take from us, cause pain physically or emotionally, etc. We are absolutely at choice about how we decide to continue on with that person and yes sometimes we will have to stand alone. My only thought is what is left in our hearts? If we are left with unforgivess, anger and hate- the energy of those feelings is causing havoc inside of ourselves whether we recognize it or not.
The opportunity is to keep our hearts open and sometimes having to forgive some person or behavior is the last thing we want to do and yet there is an incredible gift in it all… The goal is to live and express with an open heart and if your heat is closed, life is calling for a shift that only you can make.
I believe there is a saying to temper Justice with Mercy and I would probably add forgiveness.