Editorial/Opinion Page-04/16/2002

Justification

Justification is an interesting word that we hear bantered about quite a bit these days. Webster's defines it as- 1: the act, process or state of being justified by God. 2a: the act or an instance of justifying: VINDICATION b: something that justifies 3: the process or result of justifying lines of text. Webster's also says it's a noun, a person place or thing. It's not a person, calling it a place would be a stretch, so it must be a thing. The last part of the definition is an easy one to see. This text for example is left justified. The writer isn't, just the text. The next parts are a little harder. Something that justifies. This sounds to me like it's something that already exists. That brings us up to the act of justifying and back to Webster. Justify- verb 1a: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable b (1): to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2): to qualify (oneself) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property 2 a: to administer justice to b: ABSOLVE c: to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation. I'll skip the justifying of text part of the definition.

People justify a lot of things, as a matter of fact I don't think I ever met anybody who didn't need some justification for most of what they do. For example, if they buy something at the store they need to justify spending the money. If they do something they know is wrong, they need to have some justification for doing it. Sometimes they need justification in dealing with people they don't like or are afraid of. Sometimes they have to justify their feelings or desires. They need this justification so they can look in the mirror and not feel guilty. Like I said, we all need justification now and then, but what exactly is it? How do we get it? Can we buy it and if so how much does it cost? Can we save it up for when we need it? To answer these questions I looked to our leaders and some of the rest of the world's leaders as well. After all, they are the leaders so they must be smarter than the rest of us. Since there is no way for me to actually ask them and since they would be too busy to answer me if I did, I had to look at their actions. Actions speak louder than words anyway. What I discovered would amaze you, I can't believe the genius of these people to have unlocked the secret of justification. You can actually create justification from thin air. Really!! I know it's hard to believe but it's true. Not only can you create it, but it renews itself. The more you give somebody else, the more they give you back. Well I'm going to cash in on this little secret before it gets out and everybody has all the justification they need. Here's the deal-Send me $100 dollars and I will give you $100 worth of justification. Send me $1000 dollars and I will give you $1000 dollars worth of justification. I will do this without doing anything, the justification will just be there. Trust me, I can use the money and I'll put it to good use so you can feel justified in sending it to me. Also, if anybody knows how to contact Sharon or Arafat let me know. If I could get them as customers I'd be set for life.

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