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Justification Is Just Another Excuse

Updated on December 8, 2013

Some Meanings Of The Word Justification

Noun A reason, excuse, fact, circumstance or explanation that justifies or defends.

Legal Dictionary A legally sufficient reason or cause for an act that would otherwise be illegal or criminal.

Oxford Dictionary The act of showing something to be right or reasonable. A good reason for something that exists or has been done

Do You Feel Justified?

If I say I have decided to quit my job in the city because the two hour travel, $20 parking fee and unbearable boss is justification not to mention incentive to find a better job closer to home not too many would argue with me. It is not really an excuse but more a reason, or three, to seek greener pastures. I would feel justified in making that particular decision.

You see sometimes justification is a good thing, a useful tool to employ.

Finding an Excuse

If I come across someones wallet in the street and find it contains some cash that I decide to remove before handing it in at my local police station and tell myself that because I had been worrying how to find enough money to pay the rent that my guardian angels must have heard me and put this money in my path....well that would be me justifying my actions. Perhaps not ethically or morally the correct thing to do but I could most likely also tell myself the person who owned the wallet would be relieved to have it back with all other contents, including credit cards and drivers license intact.....another justification for me keeping the money.

Sometimes justification is not so good. For different people it can mean different things and have differing barriers but on the whole, for anyone who knows right from wrong, most of lifes big decisions should be made with good intentions and less with looking for a justifiable reason.

Crime and Punishment

Every day I read or hear in the media about crimes having been committed and when it comes time for an appearance in court, the accused has managed to come up with a number of seemingly justifiable reasons for his or her actions. There seems always at least one or two reasons put to the presiding judge as to why they committed the crimes they are accused of.

Here are a few recent examples:

A 70 year old grandfather appeared in court charged with cruelty to a neighbours cat resulting in the cat having to be put down. Apparently the cat had been keeping him awake at night. he had not approached the neighbours and so they did not know he had a problem with their cat. In the middle of the day with witnesses, including a young girl, he filled his bin with water and tried unsuccessfully to drown the poor creature, he then decided to hold it down and pound it with a brick. Fortunately someone stepped in and removed his neighbours pet and called the police. This man was sadly only fined. His justification in torturing this animal was, he did not get on with his neighbours, he hated cats and he thought it would be funny. All reasons he thought gave him the right to hurt the poor defenseless animal and apparently the judge must have thought so too or else he would have been given jail time.

In my opinion he showed clear intention to hurt his neighbours because he did not like them by torturing their cat.

A woman drove through a pedestrian crossing killing a young mother and her baby. She claimed the traffic signal was green and she did not see them until too late to stop. It was discovered she had been speeding which contributed to her not being able to avoid the collision. She said she was speeding because she was late to pick up her daughter from school. Drug and alcohol tests revealed she had high levels of both in her system. She justified this by saying she needed the drugs (marijuana) and alcohol for pain relief (migraine headaches and depression) since she suffered from post natal depression. Her youngest child was four. She was sentenced to five years with two years non parole.

My opinion is, whilst it was a tragic accident, it could have been avoided if she had not been drunk and taking illegal drugs and by her using this as a justification to help with her headaches and depression, it is just unbelievable and shows a clear intent to gain sympathy from the court.

A man was sentenced to six years with a two year non parole for enticing a young boy (four) into a toilet block and performing indecent acts on him. This vile creature claimed to have been sexually molested when he was young and whilst he knew it was wrong, could not help himself. He had been charged with similar crimes before he was married and was now angry that his wife had left him along with his young children. He promised not to commit these crimes again and the judge felt he meant it. The judge expressed his sadness that he had been abused himself as a young boy and even said he was sorry to have to sentence him to jail time.

My opinion is I am sick to the back teeth of hearing child molesters give the excuse and or justification for their behaviour as being molested themselves when young. I refuse to believe that most children molested will go on to molest. I believe the molesters of this world intend to use this excuse as a sympathy vote and is is a slap in the face to those who truly have been a victim of child sexual abuse.


It can be so easy to fall into the trap of finding justification for why we do things but really if we are to be honest with ourselves, every justification we try to find for our selves or even others is just covering up a bad action. if we all attempt to live with intention, that is, to think about why we are going to do or say something and act with good intention then we do not need to look for justifications. I welcome all comments or criticisms


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    • Christine P Ann profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine P Ann 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Phoebe for your comment I do agree with what you have said about convincing others and thank you as well mathira for your positive words of encouragement. :)

    • mathira profile image


      6 years ago from chennai

      A different analysis about justification and it had an easy flow.Good going Christine.

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      Phoebe Pike 

      6 years ago

      I don't really know if giving reasons is truly justifying their actions because it was all ready fine in their minds... the rest is convincing others of it.

    • Christine P Ann profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine P Ann 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for stopping by Terishere

    • Terishere profile image


      6 years ago

      Good hub! We are all accountable for our actions!


    • Christine P Ann profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine P Ann 

      6 years ago from Australia

      thankyou manthy

    • manthy profile image


      6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Well said, Good hub


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