What is it? There seems to be a lot of controversy over the subject these days. Normally, the idea seemed simple: it was a form of legal and moral retribution for a wrong done by a person or legal entity to another person or legal entity. Yet, today, the concept itself seems nebulous.
Pop-culture, novels, movies, comic books and the like are often about justice as a theme. The questions in such stories are typically about how to bring about justice to the wrongdoer, or what complex schemes the wrongdoer has to evade justice. Sometimes, the story will detail the strange mental and moral contradicts within the wrongdoer’s head to explain why what they think they are doing is perfectly just.
The concept of justice is certainly in my own works. ″Falling to Forever″ (Sci-Phi Journal #1) involves the search for justice when all traditional laws don’t fit a new circumstance. ″The Quantum Process ″ (Sci-Phi Journal #2) involves the primal justice of witnessing back what one has done. ″The Mind Job″ (Omni Reboot: https://omnireboot.com/2015/fiction-the-mind-job/) involves the concept of the guilty mind and how that can be manipulated.
There is a difference between all of these works and today’s concepts of justice. Prior works dealt with the difficulty of sorting out justice from the nebulous issues confusing it, and seeing the wrongdoer brought to justice. Today’s works seem to focus on the very nebulous clouds themselves. People now seem to never be guilty of anything. It may be society, how they were raised, chemical imbalances in their brain, or historical oppression that excuses their crime. People and legal entities never seem to be guilty of anything, anymore.
When people and legal entities are no longer guilty, who is? The answer seems to be the very things that are now being blamed for misbehavior: the group one belongs to. This then seems to be our choice: individual responsibility and justice, or group vendettas passed down by generations.