I was listening to the news about Syria this morning, and thinking of the time a couple of months ago when America almost went to war (again) in the middle east. The conflict was considered on three levels: justice, interests, and power. These three levels of negotiation ranged from the most to least moral, and from the least to most “civilized”.
Power is just “might makes right”, interests, the most sophisticated, is the peace of a negotiated, implied or ongoing contract between parties who see pursuing their own ends as more costly than honoring the contract, and Justice is what’s fair. Justice often comes at the hands of a court and a Judge, but it can also arrive through negotiations or commonly agreed upon rules. The reason Sports are so popular and compelling is that they are a pantomime of justice. Everyone agrees ion the winner and loser, even if they support the losing team. This is why cheating is taken so seriously in sports.