Injustice – Is it Fair?


Before we consider Injustice we should look carefully at what is meant by justice. In this there are two elements, one which could be termed as natural justice and purely right or wrong and the other which is the philosophical discussions and interpretations of what is seen as right or wrong.

The straightforward laying down of laws such as the classic example of the Ten Commandments forms the root of developed laws we see today. Although ‘Though shalt not covet thy neighbours’ ass’ could be a bit troublesome in the modern day. The development of such laws has been the discussion and interpretation over centuries.

Closely following the development of laws was the punishment decided to be meted out to the transgressors.

The established religious bodies played a major part in deciding punishment in the past the ultimate sanction being the condemnation to eternity in Hell if you didn’t toe the line.

Latterly this role has been taken over by governmental bodies elected or otherwise.

As in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ when the animals took over they laid their first laws down but as they developed and one group took the ascendency the laws were interpreted differently.

The method of interpretation differs considerably across the ruling bodies. This is driven by the culture, religion, as in the case of Islam and Christianity, and philosophy. A simple analogy of the philosophical differences is the value of a human life across so called developed and third world countries.

The overriding commandment must be ‘Thou shalt not kill’ there is a similar element in the Koran but supposed civilised countries such as USA, albeit only in some states, vie with China, Iran and Saudi Arabia in the capital punishment stakes.

Whereas other countries in the NATO alliance, where capital punishment has been abolished, are happy to wage war on a democratic basis, and kill untold tens of thousands of people.

The concept of injustice is as complex in the development as the laws. In Islam an adulterous women can be and has been stoned to death.  An adulterous man is not, however, as he has been deemed as being led astray by the women. Is this injustice? Not as far as the affected countries are concerned.  It is considered as such by other countries looking from the outside, though.

In the severest cases Injustice arises when the laws or directives are not followed and an aggrieved party is left without the protection that those rules were meant to provide.

A modern malaise is where the financial standing of certain offenders, Pistorious, Berlusconi etc. manage to circumvent the due process of law leaving their victims subjected to injustice.

As with everything there are degrees of severity and there are myriad lesser examples of injustice where the sufferer really only ends up mildly annoyed.

Injustice is also one of the cornerstones of comedy. Saying Margaret Thatcher was worse than Hitler is doing an injustice to the Austrian!

In summary, there are only two types of people guaranteed to get into Heaven, the Irish because Saint Patrick is tasked with judging his favoured people and of course engineers. So when an engineer arrived at the entrance to Heaven he found he was not on the guest list. He considered this an injustice as he made his way down to Hell. Within a week he has fixed the escalator and set up air conditioning and the place started to cool down.

God heard about this and felt it an injustice to himself as he had lost an engineer. He phoned the Devil up and demanded his return.

The Devil said no way this place has never been so good.
God then threatened legal action and the Devil laughed with the retort ‘Where are you going to find a lawyer!’