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Might Is Right: Because You Can, Does It Mean You Should?
Our well known national ABC 2 television broadcasting station is about the only television channel that will include joy giving programs through their comedic or children shows. Every other channel seems to continually post stories about uniforms, violence, killings, hatred, the rich versus the increasing poor; and the strong overpowering the weak. Rarely is there a mention of what is uplifting or inspiring our world or our how countries are working together to make a more tender and welcoming place to inhabit.
I know you have the choice of not to engage with your media sources and instead enjoy face to face experiential or creative adventures in your leisure time. However, I feel ignorant or not contributive as a national or global citizen if I don’t keep up with the news or current affairs. In other words, I would feel guilty if I turned a blind eye to the mess and injustices being committed by those who either enjoy using force or use force just because they can, irrespective of the consequences of their action/s.
Because You Can, Should You?
To me it appears that our branches that deal with justice and force are favouring might is right.
What do we do?
Do we not do anything and keep accepting it? Being forced to directly or indirectly to having to continually defend and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our property from aggressors.
Do you get the feeling of doom and gloom that having a life of happiness, peacefulness or fulfillment is an irrational dream because the pervasive aggressors who have all the resources have not only the means but somehow the permission of our culture to take all from you, because they feel like and because they can?
I am not an ethicist, lawyer, or a philosopher but I would like to introduce this topic for discussion, especially with the New Year on the horizon. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts and potential solutions. Solutions that each and everyone of us could conduct in our personal everyday world whether you are an investment banker or a worker on the cash register. Like you, I am part priest, nobleman and an everyday worker within the realm of my heart.
Is Justice a Necessity?
Would injustice occur naturally every time two people made a connection?
Is it valid to say that people act justly only because society has developed punishments for acts of injustice?
Philosopher Thrasymachus offers the Idea that Justice is the Property of the Stronger
The philosopher Thrasymachus puts forward the idea that justice is the property of the stronger. In other words, how would you convince a predator bully that s/he needs to stop continuing her/his life killing bullying behaviour?
From the Thrasymachean interpretation on strength, he says that those who benefit from justice, are the strong.
That is, it is the strong, clever, rich and powerful that reap the rewards of the enforced obedience of the weak. The strong, clever, rich and powerful keep making laws to keep the weak under their control. Then, the strong, clever, rich and powerful, break the laws in order to gain from them in life.
What if the unjust was able to promote and retain a just reputation while really committing and promoting injustice? What an advantageous and top dog position would their life hold in the eyes of others and in life? Here, the unjust would gain advantages of cooperation and respect from others, while simultaneously gaining advantage of power and wealth of the unjust in society.
The philosopher Thrasymachus proposes this conclusion. If justice means the weak following the rules to advantage the strong, therefore, it is only fair and good when those of might make societal rules for their personal profit and gain.
Philosopher Socrates offers What is Good for a Person is Just
The philosopher Socrates proposes that what is good for a person is just.
Socrates believes justice is about the everyday person.
Justice is an advantage for those who are weaker or weak in society because those in leadership positions are looking out for the best interest of those under their rule. Just like once upon a time we believed Doctors and those in the medical service cared and wanted their patients to live a sustaining and independent life. Just as a leader/ruler looks after those under his/her care and/or authority.
Socrates's 3 Proposals Against the Belief that an Unjust Life is More Fulfilling than a Just Life.
A. The philosopher Thrasymachus puts forward the idea that the unjust are wise and good but they are ignorant.
He says, the unjust is who competes to outdo the just. It is the ignorant that chooses to compete to outdo the wise, the unskilled to outdo the skilled.
Therefore, the unjust are bad and ignorant. The unjust cannot succeed at justice, so they cheat to gain advantage.
B. Socrates claims that where injustice occurs, division of us and them are created and therefore disharmony and/or violence is created and spread not only through society but also within each individual.
Therefore, the unjust find they are enemy to everyone else.
C. Lastly, Socrates proposes the existential function of one’s soul is focused on making decisions and living life.
It is About Making Good Decisions
Hence, life is about making good decisions; and a good life will belong to the just.
Looking at these proposals by Socrates, you cannot help but think if you lived in peace and/or cooperation with themselves (their soul) and those around them together with making good decisions, it cannot only but be a wonderful recipe for a happy and fulfilling life.
Acting unjustly gives one in the moment, access to Will over another. Power, money (resources) and fame (love and approval from strangers) is used as one’s Will or aggressiveness forces itself over another. But can I ask you, can loss be tied up within here as well? Yes, I think so. Acting unjustly through ill use of power, money and fame can cause the loss of your inner peace and personal relationships.
Just behaviours empower and constructively builds a person up.
In the long run, unjust behaviour destroys oneself.
It has been expressed that Justice and Love are at the heart of wise decision making that empowers and supports a person to receive the most out of their lives.
Justice can therefore be seen to be rewarding in terms of peace and happiness.
Time to Put Up or Shut Up
If you looked at your own life right now, do you think you could be the cause of an injustice that is hurting someone else?
It is time to put up or shut up.
We all need to have stability, dignity and growth in our lives.
And that could come when we know we have the opportunity to negotiate and balance out our Will with each other in a civil and meaningful way.
We Each Need to have Checks and Balances Put into Place So that No One Escapes Accountability
In saying that, each of us no matter how high or low our positions within society, we need to have check and balances in place. No one ever knows how they will respond in every given situation in life. One could be noble in one setting then behave atrociously in another setting.
With that said, let me remind you and I, when making conclusions about someone or something, remember context is so very important to reporting the truth in any given situation. No one is beyond reprieve.
Therefore, if you are a lawyer who does crack cocaine when you get home from work. That’s fine. I say, do your crack cocaine but you need to relinquish your profession of making-decisions-about-someone’s-life- while drugs are streaming through your body.
If you are someone that enters into the caring field of employment because it so easy to do together with it being an easy platform to bully and cruelly treat people who are in a vulnerable entrapped situation with you and in life, and you make their lives insufferable, so that you get to have forced free sex or just feel omnipotent? You need to do the right thing and remove yourself, and pay up.
If you are a bystander and someone is doing something to another that is very wrong, stop being a bystander and speak up and protect that person that is suffering and needs you to act. Just do it.
With one person at a time will we make the changes we want to see and need to see. Life just needs each of us to make our own individual contribution within our own circle of loved and trusted ones.
Peace to You.
Thank you for stopping by and offering your ideas and comments.
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