Every time I think that maybe I bit off more than I can chew for this week’s writing prompt: Write A Short Essay About Justice, I try to remind myself that it’s only a SHORT ESSAY. And, as I mentioned in my post on Monday, that it is a short essay that will likely conclude with “…to be continued…”. So, keeping that in mind, it was a little easier to not feel quite so daunted by this week’s writing prompt in the end.

The idea for this week’s writing prompt came from the coverage I have been reading and watching regarding Derek Chauvin’s trial, which is currently ongoing. Here are a few sources to look at if you want to be brought up to speed:

When I first started tuning in to the trial, I started thinking about the role our legal system has on our understanding of justice, and how we perceive justice. Then I started asking a lot of questions about types of justice and essentially started asking, What Is Justice? What makes a person or an act just or unjust? What or who influences what or who we think is just or unjust, or behaving justly or unjustly?

Through this line of questioning, I started unpacking all sorts of philosophies and theories, and anecdotes about what justice is. I also uncovered some scientific evidence behind our more innate sense of fairness and understanding of justice…and this is the point at which I started thinking I bit off more than I could chew for the week…

I took a deep breath and realized that with such a sensitive and valuable topic, it was okay to feel that one singular blog post wouldn’t do it justice (pun intended) … so, I started thinking of ways I could stay focused on the task and writing prompt at hand without getting overwhelmed or overcome with analysis paralysis and the deluge of information and writing I was coming across about justice. [The exercise I completed to gain focus is included in today’s subscriber content below if you’re interested.]

After gaining some much-needed perspective and focus while I was mid-way through writing my short essay about justice this week (again, my drafted essay for the week will likely end with “…to be continued…” or a similar phrase), I discovered that justice is both complicated and quite simple to understand and think about. Although writing about justice and discussing what it is and how it should be administered with others will always be needed and ongoing.

My final draft for this week’s writing prompt will likely only be a few paragraphs long because I have only started scratching the surface of what is an extremely valuable dialogue to have.

What has your writing process looked like this week? Share with us in the comments at the bottom of the page or in the Forum on this site.


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