What comes to mind when you hear this word? What is your idea of justice?
Do you think you know enough about justice?
If the answer is yes then don’t waste another second on this page and go ahead and skip to another site on the vast internet.
But, if you hesitate, or think you could learn more about the concept of justice then keep reading and more importantly read the featured book pictured above The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell.
Thomas Sowell has a sharp, compelling, intellectual set of essays complied together in this book that deals with the idea of social justice or what he refers to as “cosmic justice.”
It is a fascinating subject but this is not a comforting read. It is likely to challenge your preconceived ideas of justice and fairness. The main reason it might challenge your beliefs is because most of us have not thought deeply enough about justice and fairness to begin with. I mean, have you thought about how you would apply your idea of justice to society? Read that sentence again! Applying your idea of justice may not be considered fair to everybody. What you think is fair may actually be unfair to another group. How can an individual or even a group fully comprehend how applying social justice will effect every group? Who gets to decide what is justice and what is injustice? Maybe by applying social justice in order to produce fairness for one group you actually impose restraints on the freedom of others.
Have you ever considered any of this when it comes to social justice? Have you ever thought about the outcomes and effects on the application of social justice on the beneficiary but also on everyone else involved? How can it be fair for everyone? Is it not arrogant to believe that you know what is right for all players involved in the many complexities of life and history and people?
These are questions you can ponder and explore by reading the book. Check it out!
Until next time, good reading.