Justice

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The virtue of justice dictates that one should always analyze the actions of others for the purpose of determining whether or not those actions are conducive to one's life, and to act accordingly once a judgment has been made. For example, if one person sees another planting seeds for the purpose of obtaining food in the future, it is just (i.e., in keeping with the virtue of justice) for the first to show moral approval of the actions of the second (since food is conducive to human life); one way to do this is to offer one's assistance in planting the seeds (in return for some of the food when it is ready to harvest).

It is not justice or equal treatment that you grant to men when you abstain equally from praising men's virtues and from condemning men's vices. When your impartial attitude declares, in effect, that neither the good nor the evil may expect anything from you - whom do you betray and whom do you encourage?
-- Ayn Rand

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