“I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men’s hearts. I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby–not even money, certainly not my soul.”
— Mahatma Gandhi, lawyer, peacemaker
The Nonjustice Foundation (NJF) seeks to prevent violence, resolve conflicts, and promote peace and healing by helping people understand and control the urgent desire for justice in the form of revenge in response to perceived hurts and wrongs. We do this in partnership with the Yale Collaborative for Motive Control Studies through the research, teaching, and practice of nonjustice (which means “to abstain from the pursuit of justice”) and by providing access to a free, powerful alternative to traditional revenge-based justice systems called The Nonjustice System (also known as Miracle Court).
The NJF conducts its activities with the understanding that the pursuit of justice in the form of revenge by individuals and communities is a primary cause of violence and human suffering. Research has shown that the desire for justice in the form or retaliation or revenge is the primary motive in most acts of violence. Scientific studies of the human brain have also shown that, for some people, revenge-seeking may become an addiction–perhaps “the cruelest addiction of all.” By practicing nonjustice and utilizing The Nonjustice System or Miracle Court, the craving for revenge can be broken, violence and suffering can be prevented, healing can occur, and peace, happiness, and security can be restored.