A Theory of Justice by Confucius
After the Cold War, the USA became the world leader in the strength of a nation. I had hoped that the USA would become the world leader in the dignity, the consideration and the modesty of a country. However, in the Iraq War, the USA arrogantly professed itself to be the world police and through its actions, told the world that brute force equals justice. Claiming that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, the USA attacked Iraq in spite of the world's objection. Although the USA defeated the Hussein Administration, it is now failing to recover order, and car bombings are taking place frequently. Furthermore, a financial crisis has recently attacked the USA and is now spreading all over the world. The USA has lost economic power, too. ˝Might makes right ˝: Great nations often practice these words in history and fail. What is justice? Though some philosophers ( e.g, Plato and Aristotle ) thought about justice in European Philosophy,- " might makes right "- becomes the conclusion in reality. Last time, I proposed the ˝ Theory of Peace by Confucius ˝ in a congress. This time I want to expound ˝ A Theory of Justice by Confucius ˝ instead of ˝ might makes right ˝. The justice of Confucius is combined with his way of life. (fragment of text)
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