A conversation I was having with a person on this blog prompted me to write this piece. I was asked if equality and justice mean the same thing…and I comprehend that the questioner has interesting perspectives to share once I give my view.
“Justice is thought by the democrats to mean equality; so it does, but only for equals-not for all. Oligarchs on the other hand, believe that justice means inequality; so it does, only for unequals-not for all. Both sides overlook the relation of justice to persons, and thereby go astray; they are passing judgement upon themselves, and men are notoriously bad judges in their own case.”-----Aristotle-----
That surmises what justice and equality mean to me. They are mere euphemisms, to camouflage an ideology.
Justice means equality, but only for equals. And this is largely what the democratic world believes. Those who do not feature under the umbrella of the tag ‘equals’ includes all those who prescribe to ideologies which vary from the ‘mainstream’ thought….and we all know what happens to them, those unequals who do not deserve justice, because they cannot accept what ‘everyone’ believes is development.
The constitution makers, Nehru and Ambedkar, would be appalled by the course the country they helped create has taken. Nehru wanted a socialist state, and Ambedkar, a caste-less state. It’s as though ‘we the people’ inherently possess the ability to transform anything given to us into something vulgar, devoid of all dignity, selfishly protecting our own interests, and completely forgetting the primary intent.
So, can justice and equality co-exist?
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