In this week's perek of Pirkei Avos, we read that the world exists because of three things--justice, truth and peace.
Well, two out of three ain't bad.
Justice is a no-brainer. Without justice, we ride roughshod over each other. But truth and peace? Can those two ever co-exist?
As I've said before, the cardinal sin an any friendship is a completely honest answer. Sometimes the truth is ugly. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes being honest can even cause rifts that end a friendship.
But is peace the better alternative? Sometimes those ugly truths need to be spoken. Sometimes the fight is worth it for the sake of a better outcome.
And I think that's where the justice comes in. Without justice, truth and peace cannot coexist. Justice helps us balance out these two opposites. If one is a just person, with a good moral code, one will know the correct time for truth, and the correct time for peace.