Delphic maxim number five is: Be overcome by justice (Ηττω υπο δικαιου).
The phrasing of this one stops me in my tracks. How in the world are we to be overcome by justice? Overcome is a word that I associate with overwhelmed; be overwhelmed by justice. Be completely covered in justice. Be brought to your knees by justice. Just what does that mean?
I can see how culturally, socially, institutionally we as an entity could stand to be overcome by justice. But what does this look like as an individual?
Justice means fair, right, reasonable, equable. Don’t I already practice those things? I try. But am I overcome by justice? What would it look like if I was?
What does this maxim mean to you?