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The Need For Justice Essay

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The clash between good and evil perpetually permeates humanity. Balance of these forces through equality and tranquility is a goal sought after to amend injustice. Impartiality creates balance within a society. In addition, fairness through the application of law is a cornerstone of countless civilizations. The members of civilizations taught moralities through the tenets of religion heavily influence their integrity. The many manifestations and interpretations of righteousness confirm the eternal goal of civilization to do good unto others. Justice restores and perpetuates humanity’s high moral standing. Justice means doing benevolent actions for the betterment of humanity. Justice is defined as the “maintenance of legal, social, or…show more content…
(Andrews 491) Civilization’s need for justice derives from the need for democracy, which promotes equality. Reinhold Niebuhr, an American social thinker ("Niebuhr, Reinhold") said, "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary”. (The Oxford Dictionary 362) This is evident in the government of the United States. At first only white men could partake in government. This appalling inequality led to African-Americans and women demanding the right to vote and stopping the injustice brought against them. In the movie 12 Angry Men, the story of a trial with a jury of varying backgrounds and beliefs, justice is a theme at the forefront. Juror #8: It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don't really know what the truth is. I don't suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know. Prejudice is shown throughout history and in this movie; Juror #6 has a prejudice against Hispanics and wishes to rid the streets of them while Juror #12 was attacked by his teenage son and believes all teenagers are evil. As Niebuhr said, mans capacity for injustice is demonstrated through his prejudices against others. Democracy
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