Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This Thanksgiving, Don't Say Grace, Say Justice
"Justice is the virtue of judging people rationally - according to what they say, do, and produce - and treating them accordingly, granting to each man that which he deserves. If someone spends the day preparing a wonderful meal, justice demands that he, not God, be thanked for doing so. If someone provides his family with a warm, safe, comfortable home, justice demands that he, not God, be thanked for providing it. If a policeman or fireman or doctor saves someone's life, justice demands that he, not God, be thanked. If a loving spouse or child or parent or friend provides you with great joy, justice demands that he, not God, be acknowledged accordingly. If a philosopher discovers the principles on which freedom depends - and if others put those principles into practice - justice demands that they, not God, be given credit." - Craig Biddle (http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5062).