There­fore it fol­lows, if the Word calls blessed the hunger of those who long for jus­tice then He means to include all the oth­er virtues. Hence a per­son is equal­ly blessed if she hungers for good sense, courage, self-con­trol, or any­thing else that may be con­sid­ered a virtue. The nature of virtue is such that if one virtue is prac­ticed inde­pen­dent­ly of the oth­er virtues, it is not per­fect virtue because when­ev­er one form is prac­ticed in the absence of oth­er virtues, their oppo­site will always fill in the void. The oppo­site of self-con­trol is deca­dence, or the oppo­site of good sense is stu­pid­i­ty, and so with every idea of good there exists its opposite. 

As a result, if jus­tice didn’t include the oth­er virtues, what remained could not be called good. For it is high­ly unlike­ly that some­one would say jus­tice is idi­ot­ic or reck­less, wicked or any­thing else iden­ti­fied with evil. It makes sense then if jus­tice can­not be con­ceived as com­pat­i­ble with any­thing base then of course it embraces all that is good. So every virtue is summed up under the name of jus­tice. And those who hunger and thirst for jus­tice are dubbed blessed by the Word, who promis­es to ful­fill their longings.

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