Natural Justice


hope If we are asked to define Natural Justice - it is difficult to accomplish.
Yet most people will understand natural justice, or its contrary - injustice - when they experience it. Humanity has a propensity for Natural Justice, yet it is elusive through all history.



Natural justice is an aspect of human consciousness which defies definition. The term requires
that users have a sense of what is "right", what is "proper", or what is substantial beyond words.
It is fascinating that most people understand natural justice when they see or experience it, and it
is equally fascinating that in an existence which embodies so much human misery and suffering
that instances of natural justice are so very rare...  What aspect of the human mind retains a knowledge of Natural Justice that the intellect cannot manage, yet strives for?

It is also interesting that when asked to define justice that giving a definition that is comprehensive
or succinct is extremely difficult? Yet every person can, without hesitation, recognize precisely
when they are being treated unjustly? And often, people can sense or understand when they have been treated justly, but they cannot articulate what transpired that bore justice.

Is there something that prevents the human mind from giving an account of justice? Why are the instances where people can identify when they have been treated justly and understand the profound "rightness" of that yet cannot fully articulate why their experience represented justice?

In another example, Plato's "Republic" is a lengthy and idealistic work in which the central concern is about the nature of justice.  In it Plato asks "What is Justice?" and then he sets out using rational arguments to make a case for what is or is not justice.

And yet, over two thousand years after Plato attempted his treatise on Justice,  humanity still struggles to understand what is justice and has not yet been able to attain it even though most of humanity at least seems to understand what justice or injustice are.

And then, is it possible that if anyone has to ask the question "What is justice?" at all, they can never truly know the answer - and this is why humanity
still struggles with the fact and existence of justice, the nature of it, and the absence of it.

Perhaps justice is not something that can be discussed at all - maybe language itself is an aberration - a symptom of the losses of the secrets that humanity seeks. That makes sense in a certain light,
if justice was present in humanity and everyday life - there would be no need to seek it all, let alone make attempts to define it or explain it using language - we wouldn't need to.

Naturally, since humanity knows that justice exists (or can), and knows also that it is absent - presents a very large and difficult problem: By the fact of the absence of justice indicates that something important and essential to humanity is lost - and on a very large scale.

For something as important to humanity as justice to become lost - we have to ask how it was at
all possible that it was lost, and why? It's quite incredible.

The notion of Justice is one that has prevailed since time immemorial, it has been craved by individuals, and by entire societies when they sought social constructs that were not ruled by one or few people who did so "unjustly".  Often, those societies were the product of what we call revolutions.
But there is a challenge to understand how people who are members of a society can attain justice by doing unjust things - the same type of things that were done to them.

As such, justice has been elusive, not because it is not attainable, but because the people who
seek it seem to go about trying to achieve or secure justice, which is to say to avoid the same errors in judgment and treatment of those who they were oppressed by. It's counter-intuitive in one sense - when people want to throw off the control or the oppression of the few, they do so often with violent reactions. It is natural to feel a strong resentment and reaction to oppression, oppression is not natural to life and we tend only to see it in humans.

Yet when people revolt, or institute change they do make the same mistakes of using violence and that creates a fundamental error in their objective, and probably prevents them (in this blindness)
from ever attaining their goals. In fact, in post-revolutionary times we witness the creation of new oppression, though often only with different actors who have bestowed different names - more glorious or self-conscious - assume the same problems of power. The craving for power over
justice is of course one of the most dangerous, yet one of the most common expressions of the failure of humanity to realize true natural justice.

In this, we see a deeper symptom, and secret.



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