Etymology – Latin “justus” meaning:
“administration of law”
“quality of being fair and reasonable; equitable”
“vindication of the right”
In Deuteronomy 27:19 we see the idea of justice and fairness has some of it’s beginning circa 1400 BCE within an emerging Semitic group in the Near Middle East.
This culturally-specific reference shows a young nation’s shift away from a “might makes right” society of unbalanced reciprocity toward a social system of balance and personally-motivated fairness. It wasn’t perfect, but it was justice in process. Justice can be messy and long, but is always worth the sacrifice.
Justice is the effort to ensure balanced reciprocity.
“The moral arc of the universe is long and it bends toward justice.” Here Rev. Martin Luther King echoes the 19th century Abolitionist minister, Theodore Parker. These timely words relay themselves to us and our continuous intent to advance justice within our ranks as well as protect justice’s cause throughout parts of the world which still practice injustice and unbalanced reciprocity. Justice can be messy and long, but is always worth the sacrifice.
(Word of the Day 13AUG – Leadership Development Brief covering UCMJ) #WOTDseries #Drop8