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Justice is a difficult topic. Although it is thrown around as a word quite often, it is actually an individual application. The typical meaning of justice is the concept of right and wrong or whether something is fair. Statements like "he got what he deserved" is an example of someone who thought justice was served based on a man's actions. Justice is based on morals, ethics, laws, and other factors that influence individuals and society. While societies have ways of creating justice, such as punishment under the law, it does not mean that all of the individuals within the society agree that what is dictated as justice is actually just.

A good example of justice is the death penalty. In the United States, the death penalty is legal in many states. It is believed to be the ultimate form of punishment, which is inherent in whether or not someone has their deserved justice. A person who breaks the law, murders several people, goes to trial, and is found guilty can be sentenced to what the judge deems as most punitive. Even though many individuals think that the death penalty is ridiculous and extreme, the larger society wins out on their ideas of crime, punishment, and justice. By punishing someone they are seeking justice. The entire legal system is based on the idea of justice being served. Justice is closely linked with morality and ethics. Ethics are a set of morals. Morals are what serve as the base of a law's creation, which is why justice is so tightly linked to the aspect, and act, of punishment. Usually there is a perceived victim when someone is seeking justice, whether it is personal, and in some types of law suits.

When something is done that goes against a person's morals, an ethical violation, then there is a sense that justice needs to happen. Some people view justice as "an eye for an eye" while others think that god is the only deliverer of real justice. There are those too who believe in karmic justice, as in what comes around goes around, so you better be careful about your actions as they might come back and haunt you. Although there is a larger societal view of justice, people still have their own personal beliefs, mainly because ethics and morals vary and are personal.

At times, usually under grave emotional distress, people will take justice into their own hands. Easily conjured examples of this is when a child is hurt or killed and a parent goes after the assailant, sometimes killing them. This is done for many psychological reasons that also include a sense of moral duty and achieving justice.

There are also jobs with the word "justice" in their title. For example, there is a justice of the peace. This person is a judicial officer whose duty is to keep the peace. They are able to carry out very small proceedings. Most notably, the justice of the peace has the power vested in them to declare marriage. When people want to avoid a big marriage then they can go to the court house and get married by the justice of the peace.

Justice is a tricky topic and conversation. Other than the idea that it is built on ethics, morals, punishment, and right and wrong, justice will be described differently by each individual. Fortunately, it is also a topic that has sparred social justice movements like civil rights, women's rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, just to name a few. Social justice movements are a continuous process and there will always be someone who is needing protection and a voice. Justice can offer a voice for those who have been silenced.



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