Plato repeatedly stated that justice is the central virtue. Would you agree and if so, does this mean that forgiveness is less important than the seeking of justice?

While Plato did state that justice is the central virtue, it was Aristotle who reminded us that we never should practice any one virtue in isolation of the others.  Thus, justice and forgiveness are of great importance because they balance each other.  In other words, justice by itself can be cold and even uncaring.  Forgiveness by itself could make us vulnerable to the cruelty of others as we fail to know how to seek a fair solution.  I would rather not choose, then, between the two.  Let them grow up together for the good of individuals and communities.

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