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Justice is the attribute of the Supreme Being, upon which we most rely for the comprehension of our failures. We aim high, and for some unknown reason do not succeed in attaining the goal of our aspirations. Yet to live up to a high ideal even in a failing human sense is to lift the soul into a rarer atmosphere than the murky one of earth—even in apparent failure. To one striving towards the higher life, the eternal law of justice will reveal the true value of things, will inspire the mind with keen insight into the complex workings and motives of human nature. To obtain the dross of life, which is the ideal of some, is to this soul what the twilight is to the perfect day. And this is compensation, this is justice. What a man sows, that shall he reap—and this right knowledge is the harvest of study, of laborious thought, of self-sacrifice and prayer. The man who devotes time, energy, thought to the amassing a great fortune does not reap the reward of scientist, nor the poet the reward of the man of action; the honest man is not tormented with the conscience of an evil-doer, nor is the merciful man disturbed by schemes of revenge.

Justice is not always apparently meted out to the meritorious—not apparently—and here the difference between law and man's conception of law comes in. "What is our l failure here but a triumph's evidence for the fullness of the days." We strive for a purpose and it eludes our grasp. Why? Because in some way we have not worked in harmony with law. Law, a cold, pure mistress, cannot be approached in any save the selfless way. The self-loving soul, seeking communion with her, sees her recede, become less distinct to the gaze, and, unless that soul purge itself of all sophistry, she disappears. Only the pure in heart can see God. The man who in all relations of life strives to do justly, has nothing to fear from either life or death—these vicissitudes disturb him not, he can look dispassionately upon them, his is the intermediate state, in which to build up the edifice of a noble structure, a character which, whilst aiming towards the highest, is not discouraged by repeated failures. The just man knows that justice will follow his act, that the law of compensation cannot alter in his behalf to forgive him a sin, or to absolve him from a punishment. It is easier to live quietly than, to judge rightly, since we can only know what we are able to see through our limitations. Therefore, comprehending how limited our vision, it behooves us, whilst severe in judgment upon ourselves, to be gentle towards the brotherhood whom we know not, letting our justice be tempered with mercy.

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