Just Jot it January: January 15
“Your prompt for January 15th, 2018, brought to you by the lovely Barb, is “Justice.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Barb at her blog, “Gallimaufry,” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link: https://barbct.wordpress.com/“ (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/15/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-15th-2018/) These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).
Justice. What a word/topic/theme for a Monday 500 word writing challenge. The word brings to my mind many, many concepts and expressions. Supreme Court Justice. Justice is served. Social Justice. Poetic Justice. Justice League. Taco Justice (a food truck here in Victoria, ok?).
The dictionary says that justice can be defined as “the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments”. So, justice does not mean punishment, although I think we often think of justice as punishment for something someone did wrong. So, justice is sometimes served by sending someone to jail. But, justice can also be served by someone NOT going to jail – you know, when sending them to jail would have been an INjustice. Sending them to jail when they are not guilty is also a miscarriage of justice, or perhaps could also be a travesty of justice.
Justice can also refer to a person, like a Supreme Court Justice, or a Justice of the Peace. A Justice in this case is a judge or magistrate. One thing I have always been confused by is how judges in the States are elected, not appointed. Well, some are appointed, like federal judges who are appointed by the President. Of course, I am sure it is much more complicated than this, but I’m Canadian, and don’t need to know all the ins and outs of the American Justice system.
Poetic Justice is ironic, so kind of like karma. The example I read during my Justice search was a CEO of a cigarette company who claimed to not believe cigarettes cause cancer, dies of lung cancer due to being a smoker. Poetic Justice.
You can also do justice to something, so for example, I could have done justice to this topic today, but I am not sure I am. That is what happens when you wait until the end of the day to do your writing. It’s much easier first thing in the morning.
Justice League is a movie, a movie that Kevin and I got to go to for free courtesy of VW, and were pretty glad it was free. Last time we got to go to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which I would have paid to go to! And speaking of Justice as it applies to superheroes, didn’t Superman talk about Truth, Justice, and the American Way? Wonder what Superman would think of what is going on down south of my Canadian borders now?
And to give some final justice to this topic, I will leave you with a supposed quote from Martin Luther King Jr., who is being remembered south of our borders. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Ok, I admit it. I had no idea what I wanted to write about this topic today, and I think it’s fairly obvious that I still don’t. Poetic Justice for putting off starting my writing until right before I need to start making dinner. Swedish meatballs and rice, by the way. Off to make dinner now!
Posted on January 15, 2018, in Writing and tagged JusJoJan. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
For not knowing what you were going to write about justice when you started, I think you did a very good job of showing what justice means. A good blend of facts, examples, quotes, and your own thoughts made it all come together for the prompt word, and for your 500 words. 🙂
Somehow, it usually all comes together in the end.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” reminds me of “None of us are free if one of us is chained.”
Thanks! Some great sayings out there, it’s just that the people who need to hear them aren’t listening…