Social or Psychological Justice?

When our ancestors began settling down to an agricultural life, the first forms of primitive communal societies were created. The Neolithic Revolution, as it is called, was not only the start of human societies, but also the time of birth of inequality.


According to Lenski’s general historical findings, social inequality which accounts for the various social stratification systems, “is related to 1) the level of technology, and 2) the amount of surplus goods produced by that society” (Kerbo, 77). With the increase of both these factors in time, social inequality increased and became a prevalent characteristic of the nature of human societies.

Today, almost 10,000 years later, social inequality still prevails, although there seems to be a slight reduction within industrial and postindustrial societies. Various political thinkers have attempted to explain the foundation of the continuation of this phenomenon and various politicians have tried to introduce reformations that would lead to a more just social system.


The main question, though still remains to be answered. Is it possible to form a kind of socio-political structure that would eliminate inequality and establish justice? Focusing on empirical historical evidence, eliminating inequality is impossible. The various conflict and functional theories have not only offered an explanatory account for the existence of social inequality, but also have adequately stressed the underlying “need” of inequality in maintaining the social balance.


As for the establishment of justice, there seems to be space for change, amendments, and even hope. With a creative exploitation of the knowledge provided by past and modern theories of social stratification, and a proficient awareness of the profile of each society, different political thinkers have proposed methods attempting to lead to, relatively, better just societies.Most... fail! More and more systems of corruption arise and societies give birth to more and more creative ideas of reestablishing justice. Unfortunately, these ideas come out of rage and are likely to bring violence.


Human Psychology seems to overcome the eternal theory of justice and keep it even more theoretical! Whether this is a truth of our race or a byproduct of wrong human actions, humans seem incapable of absolute sharing and altruist potential.

The accumulation of unjust feelings as we develop in modern societies cannot but express themselves in more selfish means. This is where we are asked to think... twice! A step from social disfunctioning is at least 2 steps away from our psychological equilibrium.


There is no need to become unjust to remember justice, as there is no need to get depressed to appreciate life!


Oobserve, think and understand! Take time to re ACT!



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