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Truth or Justice?

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William Faulkner famously said: “In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using tools and instruments I wouldn’t want to touch with a ten-foot fence rail”.

So truth and justice do not overlap. This is no news for me, anyway. What is true is not necessarily just, and what is just is not necessarily true. Possible examples: it is true that children can grow up in a single-parent family – but it is (probably) not just. Again, the fact that the state should equally further the interests of all citizens pertains to justice – but it is (probably) not true that the state should accommodate the teaching of (for example) voodoo in public shools.

But if YOU would have to choose between justice and truth – what would YOU choose (suppose that there is no other option – the middle is excluded)? [Note that claiming that a value is prior to another does not imply that we cannot make a case-by-case decision] Please take one seccond of your pretious time and vote in my pool (below). Thanks!

[Note: WordPress has a problem with PollDaddy polls , so you cannot vote at the moment. But you are free to leave here a comment!]

Written by Andrei Stavilă

octombrie 31, 2008 at 12:19 pm

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