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Quest for justice .... ?




I sometimes wonder whether the quest for justice is really futile, as if there is anything I've learned in life it is that life is not fair. It is injust and imperfect. So why bother fighting the odds? Still, I can't help myself. If there is a wrong, it needs to be fixed. But can it be fixed? Maybe there is a magic way where if one focuses hard enough on that little part that is right, that the injustices will just disappear automatically. But then that is a bit of a cop out however, isn't it? Another way may be to work with the imperfection, but then one can easily be tarnished by it, or become the imperfection itself. Almost the equivalent of joining the big bully gang at schools and look the other way while they are bullying small kids. That does not work either. In the end one can only follow one's own nature and if a quest for justice is what is in our nature, then whether people like it or not, we have to stick by our principles. What is that saying about to thine own self be true? This is originally a Shakespeare Hamlet quote, but must say I prefer the Startrek version of it:
Quote:
Data: "Yes Sir, that is true but I never wanted to compound one illusion with another. It might be real to Q, perhaps even you Sir but it would never be so to me. Was it not one of the Captain's favourite authors who wrote 'this above all, to thy known self be true'. Sorry Commander, I must decline."

Source: Startrek: The Next Generation - in David's Predilect Sayings



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