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Delphic Maxim of the Week 7/31
Ἡττῶ ὑπὸ δικαίου - Be overcome by Jutice
This week’s Delphic Maxim is Ἡττῶ ὑπὸ δικαίου - be overcome by justice.
“Being overcome by justice seems at first as a strange wording. The Maxims of Apollo are all brief, as the God wanted to put as much information into a short sentence, and be as clear as possible. Overcome by justice seems to insinuate that justice is something that we do not naturally follow; by heart, we are all selfish beings, often first and foremost being driven by our own individual desires. And that is not wrong, but we have to open ourselves to the idea of Justice, which can transcend or purify the egotism and enable the common good, the society where all benefit from. It also puts the emphasis on you: give yourself to justice, for it is all too common that people demand justice from others, but never subject themselves to it. So the wording hints that one is to practice justice by becoming a just person yourself, first.”