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In the selection The Myth of Justice Michael Dorris attacks the American idea of justice Dorris a highly acclaimed Native American writer has received awards ranging from the National Book Critics Circle award to awards from the National Endowment for the Arts After his death in 1997 he is now one of the most celebrated Native American writers of his generation Our cultures idea of justice conflicts with Dorriss idea that there is no moral system that repays the innocent for what they have wrongly suffered In the excerpt Dorris is in constant questioning of how one can substantiate that there is true justice He often looks for material evidence but almost always comes up short-handed He refers to justice as a palliative myth in the beginning He explains that this myth makes existence bearable for our society Religion is not what gets us through the day it is our conception of justice We look for justice after death believing if we do not receive it during life we will receive it after As Dorris says Someday our prince will come This is an impulse of ours that begets common assumptions Dorris explains We are said to allow these assumptions to be guides in our life we function as if theyre absolute we allow them to define us When these assumptions are wrong we are expected to be confounded that justice did not triumph We expect it to be a mistake brought on by our own system the human-created system Dorris argues that all of this is only based on faith with no factual substance The only thing factual is the comment that justice can be bought If one names the right price they just might be able to buy themselves justice It is not like what we expected we are not all fair in front of the law Nothing is equal but yet we believe it be impartial Our expectations are in
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