Why People Want Justice Only in Fiction

[Note: Friends of Justice is a personal blog. I speak only for myself.]

Dear Friend of Justice,

I have been engaged in the fight for justice for many years now. With each year, it has become more obvious to me that our criminal-justice system is dysfunctional and cruel.

And yet the cause of justice remains unpopular. Politicians care little about justice because few constituents lobby for it. And citizens, generally, only care about justice when they or someone they care about is a victim of injustice.

So it used to puzzle me that injustice is a popular theme in fiction. People reading books or watching movies get angry about injustice and want justice to be served in the end.

But the answer is simple.

All you have to do for justice to prevail in fiction is to sit on your butt, turn the pages, or wait for the closing credits.

-Bob Chatelle