TRUTH AND JUSTICE?

What is truth? What is justice? These are age-old questions rarely answered without preconceived and often hidden emotional bias. To side-step this liability, I looked to the dictionary for an unbiased place to start.

Veritas is taken from the mythology of the Romans and means truth.

Aequitas comes from the ancient Greek culture, meaning justice.

Truth and Justice are two sides of the same coin. When coupled, they carry out the true meaning of truth and justice in all things.

Truth without justice is a Pyrrhic victory; the expense exceeds the benefit.

Justice without truth is neither.

 

As the Roman society believed, veritas aequitas as a motto should affect the lives of us all. This means personal honor and truth in actions and justice, regardless of the circumstances.

Veritas was the goddess of truth and was a daughter of Saturn. In Greece, Veritas was known by the name of Alatheia. She was attributed to the virtue of truthfulness. Every good citizen of the Roman Empire was expected to possess this quality.

Aequitas comes from the ancient Greek culture. It means justice. This is coupled with the fact that to deal out justice, the facts of the situation must be known.

These two terms, when coupled, carry the meaning of truth and justice in all things. Truth is not useful unless it can affect a given situation and bring about justice.

In the courts of law, the highest ideal of any legal system is to determine the truth in a given dispute and to dispense justice to all involved. Justice is never served when judgments are made based on either falsehoods or lack of complete information. Therefore, before justice can be determined and dispensed, a full investigation must be made to determine the truth. Correction is necessary, but always tempered with a recognition of the basic goodness of mankind.

Daniel Jacobs

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