According to the Universal Values, your sense of justice is linked with your role to the community at large. You can think of this as being a good citizen, or you can also think of it as an expression of your love and kindness (see humanity) to the entire community. Either way, this trait will not only give your life more meaning, but it is also an essential responsibility that belongs to all of us.

In order to complete this portion of your life, you will need to be an active participant in your community and various social units (like the workplace and groups of your friends), make fair decisions, and be able to take charge when called upon. When you master these traits, you won't just become an active participant, but others will recognize this trait in you and more likely consider you for promotions and closer friendships.

This value requires you to develop skills, grow in wisdom, and take an active roll in learning about your communities and working to improve them. This will all become much easier as you develop a desire to learn about those around you and to help them. In fact, working on the values "Wisdom and Knowledge" and "Humanity" will directly influence your success with this value—work on those first if you don't feel enough motivation. Your "Temperance" will also affect your ability to be fair and lead others. You might think of this value as an opportunity to become a well-rounded individual that demands respect from peers.

When you decide to tackle this goal, make sure you fully prepare yourself to go full-bore so you can make the progress you deserve. Consider how you will serve your friends, workplace, and community more—our program will give you some great ideas—and be determined to see it through until it is an enjoyable part of your daily life. Once you get this value down, expect to be a more valued person wherever you go!

This program will give you ideas, but its success also depends upon your daily record keeping and honest self-evaluation (and determination to succeed whenever you fall short). Visit these links, educate yourself, and prepare to make yourself a more meaningful life!

Strengths of Justice

  • Active citizenship / social responsibility / loyalty / teamwork — This is a long list, but they are all related. These traits are all linked with your sense of responsibility to serve others and to do your part
  • Fairness — This is making judgments and decisions that gives everyone the benefit they deserve, even if it isn't in your best interest—or the best interest of a friend
  • Leadership — This is a skill set that involves your ability and wiliness to lead others to reach an important goal or complete an important task


The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.

Theodore Roosevelt

A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.

John Maxwell

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs

Albert Einstein

Golden Mean

Obsessive justice

Quotes for Justice

I believe in justice and truth, without which there would be no basis for human hope.
- Dalai Lama -
God has a plan to help bring justice to the world — and his plan is us.
- Gary Haugen -
The greatest justice is being who one is.
- Vanna Bonta -

Recommended Reading

Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World — by Laurent A. Parks Daloz

A study about "how we become committed to the common good and sustain such commitments in a changing world".

Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time — by Paul Rogat Loeb

This book focuses on a "spiritual model" for activism, and taking on the task of helping a small group of people instead of trying to tackle the whole world.

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle