Integrity and Justice
According to the author of one Internet site, integrity is the characteristic of behaving and thinking according to one's personal values and beliefs. It means to do what one believes to be right, irrespective of the cost. It is opposed to hypocrisy. A person with integrity will act from a core value system, and will do the right thing regardless of any hardship. It is a personal choice. To act with integrity is not always easy, but it is an ideal worth pursuing. It means to admit mistakes, be open minded and to accept resonsibility for one's actions. Many times it means acting against our own selfish interests, which, as we are human, is a struggle for most of us, especially in a culture which stresses the importance of the individual and not the community.
Justice is a complex topic and differs in every culture. The concept is based on law, equity (fairness), ethics, philosophy,theology and religion. There are various theories of justice-both distributive and retributive. Philosophers ranging from Plato to John Stuart Mill ( to name just a few) have grappled with the concept of justice. It is an inherent concept ( or should be) in law. It should be applied in the sentencing of individuals who have committed crimes deamed illegal by society.