The Illusion of Justice

Every day, tens of thousands of attorneys file civil lawsuits on behalf of individuals and corporate entities. A similar number of prosecutions or regulatory enforcement actions are instituted in criminal courts and before various state and federal agencies. In most cases, the foundational spark to these lawsuits can be found in a basic notion that certain actions or inactions taken by defendants have failed to conform to some ephemeral notion of how things “should be.” We refer to this notion as a “sense of justice.”

The root of most legal problems can be traced to a lack of connection to present-moment experience and the mistaking of conditioned thought as the provider of a sense of self. When we habitually act upon or make decisions based on egoistic notions of how things “should be” as opposed to being grounded in present-moment reality of what is, we eventually run into problems. Such actions and decisions fail to provide any lasting sense of internal peace or connection to a grounded sense of being. A persistent static of dissatisfaction is often the result.

Unless one has broken through conditioned thinking as the basis of a sense of self and has begun to tap into present-moment awareness and a grounded sense of being, he or she is likely to begin looking toward external forces and entities as the root of this persistent malaise. It will not take long before such individuals being pointing fingers towards other individuals, companies, etc., as the precipitants of unhappiness. Encouraged by most attorneys, lawsuits are eventually filed based on the notion of “seeking justice” for wrongful treatment.

Once a lawsuit is filed, the ego-driven plaintiff is drawn into an adversarial process against an individual, individuals, or corporate foe(s) with the promise of “justice” at the finish line. When the matter is concluded, however, most plaintiffs quickly return to the familiar malaise brought resulting from his or her unconscious movement through daily life.

In this way, “justice” is just an illusion. Perhaps the most that our courts or regulatory tribunals can provide is a meting out of undesirable consequences to individuals or corporate defendants whose actions, ironically, are also likely to spring from a lack of consciousness. In the end, the only lasting solution may be widespread abandonment of the ego as the basis for a sense of self.

Holistic law works to address present legal issues while cultivating a heightened ability to tap into present-moment awareness. In this way, holistic practice is better able to identify optimal legal solutions and truly improve the lives of clients. To learn more about holistic law practice, visit, or contact Attorney Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263.