Meeting with Socrates again,
the master decided to define justice
as acting in a similar manner as those who act upon you.
Not doubting what you say, good friend,
how does this principle apply to the dualism of friend and enemy.
I am glad you asked that Socrates,
for arriving at a conclusive answer is done so through debate and logic.
Whether a man is your friend or your enemy,
you ought to treat them as fairly as they treat you.
Interjecting, Socrates wants to expose the real position
of this master.
Let us say that we were a physician.
Being a physician, we would naturally give
the appropriate medicine to our patients.
Without being too complicated,
as a physician of the soul,
what do you do or give to someone
who is not on friendly terms with you.
Well, I would give him his due by
making him regret conspiring against me.
What you are trying to say, good friend,
is that to be just is to be good and loving to your friends
and hateful towards your enemies.
Of what use is justice to the peace maker?
Your version of justice is good for those who like
to engage in one personality battle after another;
but for those are beyond violence and retribution,
how can justice serve them?
Being more monetarily minded,
I have never had to think of justice in such a way.
Perhaps you can elaborate on this new found level of justice for me Socrates.
Stay centered with me now, good friend,
for what is just is always just for everyone in every situation.
Those who are justice personified are greatly offended
by the relativity being given to justice.
If justice is to be known by the just and unjust alike,
the just must set the example by being good to
those who are peaceful and to those who are seeking trouble.
How can a man be called just
if he is just only to certain people
who personally please him?
Certainly that is how the unjust are.
Being unmotivated in who you administer justice to
is the real duty of every free citizen;
for in unmotivated justice is unmotivated mercy
and in unmotivated mercy is unmotivated love.
The real proponent of justice is therefore a peacemaker
and resolver of conflicts.
You may want to punish those who punish you,
but that often results in more punishments for everyone involved.
If you call yourself just, good friend,
be a good friend to everyone even if no one
is interested in being your friend.
This is the virtue of justice in its essence.
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