Are Justice and Fair play mere Utopia?

Sivaramakrishnan A By Sivaramakrishnan A, 12th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Real justice proves elusive for most, as we are forced to accept injustices in our rush through our lives. However, the right attitude, living steadfastly according to our conscience, should prove a soothing balm to tide over setbacks and injustices.

Accepting the realities

To feel short-changed in terms of seeking and receiving justice is human. Even the most forgiving, those who feel blessed, feel at times the world as not fair. Or rather, the whole justice system falls short. Right from birth, some appear to be better endowed; basically, we are not born equal. Add to that, some have physical disabilities to realize what the mind aspires for in terms of legitimate pursuits, but denied due to their bodily limitations. This fact tends to be accentuated in poorer countries where there is denial of opportunity that is available to the able bodied. But all is not lost as they still find some kind souls to lend a helping hand, and when they fail, mind comes into play, to accept what is given and still find meaning for survival. The irony of life is; such attitude, feeling blessed even when everything is given, eludes the few!

Yearning for justice

Societal bonding: It is human trait to yearn, seek justice and fair play. But the system gets lop-sided due to our failings and myopic, selfish takes of fair-play, where some are treated more equal than others! Societies are built upon trust, but we have our frailties. The general take: one cannot nitpick and have to move on. As for me, accept those that I can’t change and change what I can, has served me well to find equanimity. I know of many who carry through life with a feeling of injustice and lack of fair play, but little realizing how blessed they really are, or at least more than those who feel blessed despite being in poorer circumstances!

Facts of daily life: The world seems to spin faster in terms of lack of time; but whether we find more meaning in such existence is a moot point! But none can stop the march of change and even those who feel uneasy about such a journey feel better to be part of the whole process than rock the boat, stick out like a sore thumb, labeled a party pooper! In such hectic lifestyles, those pausing to seek justice have little chance of finding a listening ear. One is forced to swallow pride big time, and also accept lots of injustices.

Justice system: Our justice system is porous, more fall through the holes, and many criminals escape the long arm of law. The saying – behind every fortune, there is a crime – comes to mind! What is played out in courts is of those who are able to bring out the issues; but many just accept the injustices, inadequacies of the system and human frailties, and move on or even bite the dust.

What meaning in life

Our journey through life is getting busier; we have to keep running to stay where we are, and have little time to pause and think of justice and fair play. We gain some and lose some is a practical way to move on, and not feel gutted at some patent injustices. Even if we bring them out into the open, we are advised to accept them as part of life. Where then is justice and fair play when many perpetrators of injustices are able to walk away scot-free as par for the course, even feted as great success stories?

Religious beliefs, or even lack thereof with consistent takes, can be a potent balm in the way we accept life as it is. We always yearn for a fairer system and hope and even pray that we are rewarded for our just efforts. As for me, I carry on with an attitude that justifies my pursuits and in tune with my conscience; do what is right, which we all know very well! No need for promptings and I carry on life with an outlook that real reward is beyond human reach even by thought, forget by realization. To live by the dictates of the inner self, meaning, our conscience, is the greatest reward. Then, little or even big slights will just be water off a duck’s back!

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Conscience The Guide, Facts Of Life, Justice And Fair Play, Justice In Society

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author avatar ittech
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Very nice article.thanks..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks ittech, for your kind comments - siva

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author avatar Buzz
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Justice can be served but at the expense of truth thrown out of the window. Great insight, sivaji.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Wow, some think alike or even think of each other at the same time. I posted a comment to yours, and lo and behold, I see your comments here! Thanks, Buzz - siva

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Utopian indeed - unfortunately.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Sheila, we have to move on many times than look back - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Interesting Siva. Thanks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks VP. I have to catch up with yours - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th Jan 2012 (#)

D'accord. I subscribe your point of view.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks, Karim.

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author avatar Shaunak
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Every Living being finds a way to survive, be it humans or a small insect. Even though our justice systems are not good, but we should still have hope in us because if we have a spark of hope in us, we can do anything.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Shaunak, when we have positive outlook, half the battle is already won - siva

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author avatar Retired
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Good article as usual, Sivaji. I agree about your positive outlook comment above, as well.

Interestingly, today i read an article in Elephanta Journal about inmates of san quentin learning yoga (and being transformed in character o some extent).

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Rama-ji. I am happy that yoga is able to make some pause and re-evaluate their troubled lives - siva

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Nice sentiments and article. Utopia can not be found for utopia abides within.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Elaine. Human nature is to fight for justice as we become aware when it is denied. When it proves elusive in societies we live in, we find, like serendipity, that it resides within us, after all! - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Wonderful outlook and advice...thanks Siva...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia. Your words mean a lot to me - siva

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