Justice, Equality And Our Society

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How do we look at justice? There have been many happenings around us where justice was misunderstood. In our society, if there are two persons (A and B) and ‘A’ is having 2000$ while ‘B’ has 1500$, we say that justice tells us to pay same amount of wage to both let’s say 500$. However, it’s not justice, it rather is equality. The problems raise their head when we fail to differentiate between ‘justice’ and ‘equality’. Justice tells us to give 500$ to ‘A’ and 1000$ to ‘B’, so let us admit that we are not doing justice and we don’t like doing it either. The world runs on equality in our society, and we named it as justice to satisfy our souls and fulfill few of our interests.

Equality- It’s not a bad practice one might say but it is not a good practice either, if and only if it is confused with justice. A society, where equality is done in name of justice, can never be ranked as a balanced place. Rich would continue getting richer and poor will continue getting poorer, thus reducing the size of middle class. Hence when the middle class shrinks, we have an unequal distribution which puts a society in a situation we are facing currently. People look down upon poor and complaint that they’re looked down upon by rich people. If we want people to behave well with us, we have to start doing it ourselves.

We are among those who raise their voice for justice in their discussions, but don’t practice it themselves. We have learnt bringing people up in regard with their social links, despite their lack of ability or interest. We have developed into a perfectly ripened society where intercession is done as an obligation, and where bribery has put a blind in front of our eyes. We have taken injustice deep inside our roots, and we live in a place where everything happens under the table. We have put ourselves as an ignorant society to the world proudly and are unaware of consequences.

What happens when a society gets involved with exploitation of abilities and marring the potential of young and passionate minds?
A question that cannot be answered conveniently, rather it takes deep and profound sense of thinking to reach to a conclusion. Here is one way to look at it. After effort and hard work you always get rewarded, also some consider the appreciation as a reward. When someone is exploited for not having enough links, he starts losing his confidence as to why be he not rewarded. Just suppose if you do not get your pay after a month of hard work doing your job, what would it feel like? Another result to an injustice might take away from your employees the quality, thus you might lose a person most suitable for the job. If we look at it collectively in a society, there would be an ultimate pitfall for the nation indulged in such injustices resulting into a situation where incompetent people serve at responsible positions.

Therefore we need to change our definition of justice and stop confusing it with equality, as equality may lead to an opposite result. We need to look into our collars, and stop trying to make our society obscure every day. We need to start replacing ‘equality’ with ‘justice’ everywhere, and allow individuals to display their perpetual abilities. The world may become a better place to live in, where people get their rights and hence follow the norms of society.

Arslan Azad

4 Comments to Justice, Equality And Our Society

  1. I believe that equality and justice are both absolute. Both are attributes of society and are baseline social values. Each individual of society has to practice both in day to day dealings. Government may not effectively ensure both in system without initiative of the people accepting equality and justice as values of society. Hence, it is the responsibility of people first to adopt these as values.
    One cannot deny importance of practicing equality and assuring justice at government’s end. Then i ask this question “Who chose the government in the first place?”
    So brother, critical analysis begins from ourselves.

  2. Arslan Azad

    The point is that equality doesn’t bring people to a same level and bringing people to a same level is actually ‘Justice’. So equality in a way creates discrimination among people paying same wage to both ‘A’ and ‘B’ as explained in the first paragraph. This article sheds light on ‘equality’ and ‘justice’ done by individuals within our society, whereas your view-point serves well when we talk about it in government’s perspective, which is another way of looking at it.

  3. Equality defined by you is unjust in the first place. If you pay everyone the same wage then you are creating imbalance in equilibrium of society by not paying according to amount of work done.
    Paying due wages is justice and pay due wages to all who worked is equality.
    Equality and justice never come in conflict.

  4. Arslan Azad

    There needs to be done a modification in your definition of equality and justice as i have defined them both in first few lines.
    Equality means ‘paying equal wages to all’
    and
    Justice is ‘paying wages to all in a way that brings them to a same level’
    So, the result of equality is a disturbed equilibrium or imperfect distribution.

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