Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues, #8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty. At first glance, this quote rings true to the responsibility we have not only to avoid injuring those around us, but we also must avoid omitting benefits that are our duty. A simple little phrase. A complicated interpretation! Whose duty is it to give, and who gets? How much should we give, and how much should we get? Are there duties for those who get or for those who give? Who defines the duty?
Just the word “social justice” (which is actually 2 words, but could actually be one keyword as defined by Google or others) can cause temperatures to rise and passions to flare. And I think that most of it comes down to one thing. Money. In a government context, that could be translated to taxes.
While government can be great and can accomplish magnificent things, I don’t believe that any government is the end-all, be-all. We each have responsibilities in our personal worlds. In the book, Rick teaches Shawn, without using words, about giving benefits that are your duty.
Shawn didn’t remember Cammi from yesterday. It was a whirlwind lunch. “Thank you, Cammi. How do you know Rick?”
“He’s a regular, and we never forget great tippers.”
Shawn flinched slightly. Great tipper? I didn’t think you had to tip at these kinds of restaurants…
Homes in Order, Chapter 2
So, my blog is a financial blog, and I obviously have opinions on money. But in looking at today’s virtue of Justice, I think that we also have duties that go beyond just money. I think I have a duty of sharing the benefits of learning how to turn $1 into $5, and then learning how to turn $2 into $1,000. So my duty has a financial aspect to it, but more than just finance. It is knowledge and education, and it is self-reliance and self-control. How can I teach people these powerful principles? I’m trying!
The following is from Wikipedia:
Social justice refers to the ability people have to realise their potential in the society where they live. While “justice” (especially corrective justice or distributive justice) classically referred to ensuring that individuals both fulfilled their duties, and received what they were “due” based on interactions with other people, “social justice” is generally used in a wider way with reference to a set of institutions which will enable people to lead a fulfilling life and be active and contributors to their community. The goal of social justice is generally the same as human development, and the relevant institutions are usually taken to include education,health care, social security, labour rights, as well as a broader system of public services,progressive taxation and regulation of markets, to ensure fair distribution of wealth, equality of opportunity, and no gross inequality of outcome.