There is a chant that goes “No Justice, No Peace”.
We offer ma’at; we establish ma’at; we allow Ma’at to ascend to her shrine. Ma’at is the fundamental offering to the gods, the law under which we establish our societies.
Ma’at is justice. Ma’at is order, is law.
Ma’at is truth.
And the truth is there in the chant, in the slogan. Without justice – without ma’at – there is not order, there is not law, there is not truth, because these are the same thing. Without ma’at there is no balance, no reciprocality, no connection between people.
(And my favorite quote on the subject remains “Ma’at is that force which gathers people together into communities.”)
Substitute in words: Justice is that which gathers people together. Truth is that which gathers people together. Play with these concepts a little. Explore.
According to Sylvie Cauville’s Offerings to the Gods in Egyptian Temples, there is a gift back from the gods when ma’at is properly offered.
I ensure for you that the palace remains stable thanks to your perfect conduct….(p 198)
When we give justice….
…. there is peace.
Thanks to Fred Clark of Slacktivist for the seed for this thought.