Justice as Cuteness

This morning, Lucy asked me: “Who hates justice?”

I was a bit thrown off by the question, and began wondering if this came out of political discussions we have had at home, some civics lesson at school, or an issue raised in a show she had watched. At the same time, I was proud of my daughter for taking on such a weighty subject.

I responded: “Well, there are certainly a lot of people that don’t do justice. But that is not always because they hate justice. They may think that what they are doing is just. They are just mistaken about what is right.”

Lucy blinked at me, clearly disappointed. “Justice, dad. The clothes from Justice. I think two girls in my class hate the clothes.”

Having taught ethics for a decade, I clearly have no idea what I have been talking about.

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