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The Importance Of A Just Society

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Utopia is the epitome of societal perfection theorized since the dawn of time, a world without violence, famine, war, or inequality. While the idea of a perfect world is phenomenal, the question still remains on how to get there. How can people, as selfish and barbaric as humans, create a society void of all moral transgressions? The answer, unfortunately, is they cannot. Perfection is something that cannot be achieved, but strived for. When analyzing the history of civilizations, assigning moral judgements cannot account for everything, rather, a just society is one in which the laws striving for justice outweigh the injustices. Using this cost-benefit analysis, great civilizations like Babylon, although appearing backwards at first glance, do reflect just societies using Hammurabi’s code to enforce it. Because Hammurabi’s code benefits the idea of justice more than it harms, checking the government and providing a strong deterrent for violence. Past president Eisenhower is famous for his foreign policy outlook, “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” By having the powerful United States military at his disposal, President Eisenhower was able to stop conflicts before they even happened using the deterrent effect. Similarly, in Hammurabi’s code, the powerful nature of the law is the very entity that prevents violence from happening, like in law twenty-two, “If anyone is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death.” Some may see the constant death
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