According to the Dictionary (4)

This series of blog posts continues to spark debates and many times the responses that come are in the form of an argument about why one definition is wrong or right.
But the entire series is intended to draw the attention to the subliminal understanding of these abstract concepts in each of us and that they are not and cannot be the same for all people.
They are not objective and cannot be so defined or assessed. Thus, all we can do is be aware that we may not understand them the way other people do.
So here are some more words that we all exactly now what they mean… until we are confronted by somebody for whom they mean something completely different.

fair :
• judging by factual evidence or logical consequences, which are impersonal and objective – to analyse (T)
• to consider the effect on all involved and seek a harmonious outcome everyone can live with – to mediate (F)

• using inference and analysing factual data; to think about the ‘pros and cons’ (T)
• to reflect on other people’s wishes and needs; to think about all aspects of a idea (F)
• to mind social values and what is proper (J)

• not considering special circumstances and not being moved by the needs of either party in a conflict (T)
• being partial to a harmonious outcome for all parties equally; being moved but not favouring any (F)

right: as in being correct (as opposed to wrong):
• making the right decision with regard to knowledge and truth; to distinguish true from false (T)
• making the right gesture to another person; the right human motive (F)
• doing the right thing; behaving according to the moral standards; taking the right course of action (J)

• found in facts or data, in which it depends on elimination, analysis, logical cognition, principles or criteria (T)
• found in inner motive, in which it depends on limits and holistic understanding (F)

justice: (in the context of legal justice)
• to make better; teaching one right from wrong – reformative (J)
• to get even; pay-back for an injustice (a perceived wrong) – retributive (P)
• motivated by empathic perception of what it means to be “good” (F)
• motivated by impartial definitions of what is “fair” (T)

• making a decision based on emotions, personal motivations or partiality (T)
• making a decision based on impersonal data or impartiality; not considering the different effects on the people involved (F)

Consider what the different interpretations of these words mean for how they are used in our judicial systems.

Thank you for reading.


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