Creative Journal – Entry Twelve – Justice
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sometimes there seems to be little justice in the world. Bad things happen to good people, and bad people do not get the punishments they should. People who lie, cheat, steal, or treat others badly receive rewards and become rich. Hard work is often overlooked and unrewarded. People are judged on appearance and not on merit.
People with mental illness do not receive justice. They are stigmatized and ostracized by society. Often they cannot get the help they need because they do not have financial means to provide it. Some go without much needed medication and therapy because they cannot afford these things. People judge the mentally ill as inferior, lazy, or playacting. Many, even family members; will not come to their aid. Insurance companies severely limit the care and services they will provide to those with mental disorders. Justice would treat mental illness like any other illness and provide adequate care for however long it was needed.
Elderly people do not receive justice. When there is often great need the elderly are not cared for properly. Their incomes are often very limited, but their needs rise in cost as they have more health problems. The programs put in place by the government do not meet their needs. They are left choosing between food and utilities or having proper medications and healthcare.
Justice is not always served in the courts. Sometimes criminals go free when they should serve time in prison. Often these people commit more crimes and do innocents harm.
Justice is a beautiful ideal, but it is not always administered with care. Sometimes people who serve our country are treated with disrespect and disregard. They protect us, but do not receive accolades and are instead disparaged and insulted.
Justice dictates that all human beings are treated with dignity, but often because someone is somehow different, they are mistreated. People discriminate against each other. All manner of differences drive people apart. When we cannot see a common ground between us, we do not fight for justice.
Only when love motivates us in all we do will justice truly be served.