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I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

-Psalm 23

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Definition: moral rightness, equity, fairness; fair handling; due reward or treatment

Synonyms: equity, fairness, rightness

Discussion: Justice is the quality of being guided by truth, reason, and fairness in decisions and actions. It keeps a society, nation, family, or relationship functioning in an orderly, fair manner. The mind and logical thinking play paramount roles in determining what is just.

Justice encompasses respect and understanding: it resists unjust or unlawful control by one group or person over another.

Heartwood Story Quote:
“Today I have learned a great truth,” he proclaimed. “Strength, though vital, must always be in the service of wisdom. For that reason, Toeman will become next emperor of this land.”
—David Wisniewski, The Warrior and the Wise Man

Justice Quotations:
“Justice is truth in action.”
—Joseph Joubert

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?”
—Henry David Thoreau

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To protest against injustices is the foundation of all our American democracy.”
—Thurgood Marshall

“Reason does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order to gradually progress from one level of insight to another.”
—Immanuel Kant

“Where there is no antagonist, you cannot quarrel.”
—Japanese proverb

“The human mind can invent peace with justice.”
—Norman Cousins

“Treat all people alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an equal chance to live and grow.”
—Chief Joseph

Facets of Justice in Heartwood Stories (K - 6):
Understanding justice by identifying situations as fair or unfair (Amazing Grace)
Making an agreement and solving a conflict (Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel)
Classic example of the golden rule; kindness begets kindness (Androcles and the Lion)
Prudence with regard to actions, and the contrast between force and gentle reason (Warrior and the Wise Man)
Justice for all humankind; equality (Nettie’s Trip South)
Mercy; injustice of a punishment too harsh to fit the crime (Tale of the Mandarin Ducks)
Justice comes to one who remains true to self (Prince Boghole)
Sharing with less fortunate people (Sam and the Lucky Money)