Justice is seen when people behave in ways that are fair, equal and balanced for everyone.
It is an easy concept to discuss and remonstrate about – particularly as the disenfranchised or speaking up for the underdog: our children, the elderly, the poor, the powerless, people with disabilities or those doing it tough in our community.
We can feel inspired or required to call out for justice. To almost anyone who will listen: politicians, neighbours, corporate leaders and the socially powerful. We want them to do something.
But as we look outward for solutions, it is easy to ignore the fact that justice is an everyday judgement. An everyday judgement and everyday action by ordinary people. Just like you and me. For justice demands that I act justly. That there is a personal alignment in the ways I speak to and about others, in shopping for a bargain, how I access and pay for services.
For justice does not only sit in the hands of those with public and corporate power. She stands before me and asks me to practice what I preach. Her voice may only be a whisper but her impact echoes across the world.