What do we really mean when we speak of ‘Justice’? … I think those whose general outlook is humanitarian mean something like this:
- an equal distribution of the burden of citizenship, i.e., of those limitations of freedom which are necessary in social life;
- equal treatment of the citizens before the law, provided, of course, that
- the laws show neither favor nor disfavor towards individual citizens or groups or classes;
- impartiality of the courts or justice; and
- an equal share in the advantages (and not only in the burden) whic membership of the state may offer to its citizens.
As the old Latin saying goes, “Fiat justitia ruat caelum” (do justice and let the skies fall).
Now go lift something heavy,