On justice

It is not your job to bring everyone to justice, nor to make right every wrong. You see, in countless examples both fiction and nonfiction, those who concern themselves with justice often find themselves in great trouble to bring it. Many not only fail to bring justice, but their actions result in numerous unintended consequences that never had to happen.* When someone has done you wrong, learn to turn the other cheek.

By default, do this rather than fight. There is a time to fight, and there is a time to defend yourself, but these should not be your default solutions to any problem, verbal or physical. Bringing justice to another person by defeating them or taking them down will only put you in a slightly better place than them where you must await their counterattack and defend yourself from future vengeance. Avoiding justice and going in an entirely different direction where you aim only to do the right thing given your circumstance will keep you equanimous and allow you clarity. Be concerned with long-term success rather than the short-term high of having defeated another person or having brought justice to a situation.

*See Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday. There’s a chapter near the end of the book where it advises you to recognize the unintended consequences of any conspiracy. See past the end.