Justice or freedom, can there be one without the other? Is there a difference? The answer is probably yes and no, or no and yes depending on your perspective. It is the perspective thing that makes both ideas in practice a illusive prize at times. Take “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice”, with such great names to define them how could positive value either even be questioned. Does “Anti-Life” or “No-Choice” sound attractive or make sense? We are created with a capacity for choice, I would even say an essential part of our freedom is our right to make choices. We choose who we worship, or not. who we love, or not. What we do for a living. Where we live, or not? Can we choose to live or not? Can we choose whether or not another person can live or not. I would imagine most people can see a space for debate around the question can a person take their own life if they no longer want to live. The space changes greatly when we discuss taking the life of another person. Justice is very personal and theoretical at the same time.
I have my positions on both camps, they are not so much points of defense as points of todays arrival. I am perfectly willing to look at new roads to different camps, but I have spent time exploring many different points in the process of finding where I am today. “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice” as they have come to be defined by the media today and probably the groups who coined the terms are in probably in direct opposition, however I choose to see them as much more similar when expanded. I am “Pro-Life” all life should be nurtured and given what is needed to grow. Yes from conception a life should be loved. The word “should” is not “must”. If life must be protected, must might imply then it might include killing to protect. While each case can be different when we apply our justice individually we are applying our choice. Protect the life of a baby, of an unborn baby, a full grown baby, no Trump jokes please, a full grown baby that has taken the lives of other babies unborn or full grown. Personally I have some trouble understanding the position of protecting all unborn babies and carpet bombing other countries, and their babies. I experience the same confusion with the idea that unborn babies require top priority over all but born babies don’t require health care, education, or the freedom to love the person they feel they love.
It would seem the best way to protect babies, lives is to support their growth, from conception to grave. Not just delivery and service at their burial but at every step, provide freedom to make the right choice, support the “best decision” for life, theirs, ours, everyone’s.
My justice must be your justice too, but for that to happen we need to talk to each other, listen to each other, learn from each other. Without that we have no justice or freedom, only order, or chaos.
I search for a better answer and I believe this is "Our" mission. Not just the search, but the application in life.