the dilemma of justice

One the one hand it seems all justice is a product of the human will, for what is considered just in one time or place is considered unjust in another. On the other hand, it seems that no justice is the product of the human will, for then some human will could never be unjust (whether we are speaking about a single person or a group here makes no difference).

This is the dilemma of justice. At present we tend to get hung up on the first horn of the dilemma, but we can also put too much stress on the other horn of the dilemma, which can undermine the necessary reverence one must have for the customs and conventions of his particular place and time.

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