We intend Righteousness as the Greek ‘dikayosine’ and as the Latin ‘probitas’ or ‘iustitia’.
RIGHTEOUSNESS is the quality or state of being morally correct and justifiable. It is synonymous with ‘rightness’ or being ‘upright’. Its theological notion is present in Indian religions and Abrahamic traditions. For example, in Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism it means that someone’s actions are justified. So, his life is “pleasing to God”.
It is also found in Tamil literature as <aram>. In fact, the Tirukkural dedicates chapters 1–38 of the Book of Aram to righteousness. A poem in Purananuru showcases the practice of righteousness leading to world’s peace and to harmony in society.
RIGHTEOUSNESS is like an urge that some people might feel since they are children. It is a need which real philosophical people cannot resist. Therefore, they must fulfill it, for instance choosing a profession in the justice system or in the police forces. Equally, people with an urge for they can opt for some organizations with civic missions to accomplish.
This virtue could sometimes be at risk of becoming quite compulsive and obsessive. In these cases, it is quickly reversed into an embarassing if not dangerous attitude. That is why RIGHTEOUSNESS needs always to be accompanied by DEFUSING and EQUILIBRIUM. In other words, by a realistic and serene view of our fallible reality.
We intend Righteousness as the Greek ‘dikayosine’. Another important issue related to RIGHTEOUSNESS is the knowledge that <right> and <justice> are quite variable notions. Thus, they need constant ponderations and revisions, although some basic principles are permanent and many people consider them the roots of civilization.
This is Sokratiko’s way to interpret the notion of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Please continue to browse our list of philosophical TOPICS by clicking on the other entries of our list.