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Justice – Aspiration, Hubris, and Morality

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Sigmund Freud quipped: “The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.” Albert Einstein was quoted as saying: “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” One madman named Adolph Hitler said: “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.” In today’s digital world of information at our fingertips, a GoogleΓ” search of the word ‘justice’ returns over two-hundred-and-eleven million items. The point is, that we all know that justice has been a central topic of theory, debate, and controversy throughout recorded history (and likely since the dawn of humankind). Justice will preoccupy our minds, hearts, and hopes forever. Humans aspire to justice. But is it an arrogant assumption that human beings believe they can understand and deliver justice? Then too, is the profession of justice within our moral ability? Of course there are no universally acceptable answers to such questions, and yet if we are to hold order to civilization, there is no alternative but to attempt justice, as imperfect as it will always be. “A man is a little thing while he works by and for himself; but when he gives voice to the rules of love and justice, he is godlike” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Emerson used the words: “…the rules of love and justice…” Perhaps most persons of reason will agree that in a discussion of the virtues ‘love’ and ‘justice’, the most basic of rules that apply must concern that which is right, versus that which is wrong. Further, many might venture to agree that these sentiments are avowed and realized within the heart of goodwill. In each facet and phase of a discussion of justice, relative terms are unavoidably encountered; what is just to one is not to another, as what is right to one is not to another. Even so, we desire knowledge of justice, for it is a virtue to be held precious, securing us insulate from fear and consequence. Justice is the indispensable obligation of a civilization of law and order.

For the purposes of this series of articles, justice is referenced as it relates to crime and punishment in America. For the purpose of this particular article, justice within our nation’s system, is addressed from the point of view that we aspire to justice, knowing full well that the pursuit of justice is in some part hubris – or arrogantly authoritative – to attempt, and unavoidably begs issues of morality application.

Our world is smaller than ever due to the marvels of technology. As we are bombarded daily with media, our lives are touched by stories of justice, crime, and punishment. Many of us are directly and profoundly impacted on a personal level by the trappings of our Criminal Justice System. America has a Justice Department, ostensibly dedicated to the pursuit of justice.

Clearly, we humans seek justice within the context of crime and punishment. So many factors affect our method of justice, altering its intended nature. Many consider that justice can be bought by the hiring of a high-power attorney, or perhaps through bribery. Still others believe that our structure is intrinsically flawed because of human elements, such as mistakes, weakness, mercy, and outright corruption. Then too, many deem that our system works, for the most part, in spite of its inherent flaws. Even so, our practice of justice survives, albeit through an evolution of legislation, amendment, and precedent. We use this organization even without confidence and belief in its integrity, for it is the status quo.

Is it hubris to profess to practice justice? Perhaps. As with the concept itself, it could be argued from numerous perspectives. And, as is true with the concept of justice itself, it becomes a philosophical question, propped upon relative terms, subjective postulates, and eclectic interpretation. The mere existence of juries is evidence of the need to remove any single judgment or analysis, and perhaps objectively bring a measure of democracy to the process. Perhaps it is authoritative arrogance to perform justice in light of the array of factors involved, but it is currently our finest option. Hubris or not, we have no choice.

Regardless of human aspirations and egotism, our methods of justice are arguably a reflection of the moral character of society. Which activities are criminal and to what degree, and how we remedy each offense must necessarily stem from our collective (and at times individual) morals. Einstein said: “…issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” What does that mean? To me it means that it is people who treat other people, and therefore it’s all the same. People treat other people against or within the fabric of their beliefs, values, and morals. Thomas Jefferson is noted to have said: “I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and hearing.” Is it moral to put to death someone convicted of premeditated murder? Of course this is posed as a rhetorical question within the context of this article.

In conclusion, throughout recorded history humans have debated and projected justice as an obligatory function, to achieve law and order in society. Countless people have endured corporal punishment for their crimes, while countless others have been pardoned. What was heinous within the Aztec civilizations of ancient Latin America may not have been so judged in the Egyptian, or American Indian moral structure, etcetera. What is justice on earth is only human justice. Indeed it may be human arrogance to practice justice, but we have no choice but to endeavor, lest we suffer chaos. Because the concept of justice is fundamentally subjective and affected by numerous variables, the very best we can do is keep trying, refining, and evolving. This is ideally why our processes include legislators, appellate courts, remedial actions, and a Supreme Court. Our system of justice is certainly unavoidably flawed, yet we must continue to measure risk, make informed judgments, and ultimately act in accordance with our moral character, within the status quo.

Question by marilyn b: need help finding application for pardon?
misdeamenor charges would like to get a pardon.

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Answer by raichasays
The procedures depend on your state, but generally there is no form for a pardon.

You might be looking for an expungement and in many places forms are available for that.

But we don’t know what place you are in.

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4 Responses to “Justice – Aspiration, Hubris, and Morality”

  • mickssang:

    sorry for the late reply πŸ™ , hmm i think you have to send it to Smtown’s audition’s profile in youtube ? i haven’tο»Ώ try it yet though πŸ˜€

  • fsuharja:

    I’ve checked my email application.. i can answer the previous question i asked.
    I FORGOT TO COPY PASTE THE LINK to attach to theο»Ώ email..
    I’m sorry for the inconvenience. πŸ™

  • fsuharja:

    thank you! for your time to watch & commenting..
    i’m confused, btw, why does my video didn’t put up on audition’s playlist?
    from where doο»Ώ you see my video? *self-curious*

  • Lawn Gnome:

    What Country,City,State,County,Parish or whatever.
    Just do a *mystate* or whatever search and find YOUR states website.
    You could just ask a Judge or an Attorney in your area. this process is called an exoneration. The record will always be there, if it is exonerated it will or should not be referred to as evidentiary or in a pending case.
    Key words there are SHOULD and COULD, means it can, but is not as likely to be.
    Expulsed records are not ever really done, I guess a Presidential Pardon is close, but look at those, they are still on record as event that occurred, person or persons accused, person or persons acquitted or convicted, and person or persons that were exhonerated or excused.
    Look at anyones record, every arrest that ever happened is on there, ex: John Doe was arrested for licking a frozen iron grate, charges dropped, John Doe was arrested for crossing the street during a parade. acquited, John and Jane Doe were charged with ileagl adoption of a minor child, dismissed.
    Ok, I made all them up, but you get the picture, one is charged it is recorded, we are a nation of laws and the paper work that goes with them.

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