chapter  7
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Justice, Noblest of all Virtues

As regards signification,828 the word 'Justice' denotes the idea of equivalence;824 but to conceive of equivalence without regard to unicity825 is impossible. Now, inasmuch as unicity is particularized and distinguished as the remotest rank and the highest degree of superiority and perfection-the permeation of its operations from the First Principle (which is truly One)826 throughout all numerables827 being like the diffusion of the lights of existence from the First Cause (which is absolutely Existent)828 throughout all existent things-so, the nearer one is to unicity the nobler one's existence. This being so, no relationship is nobler than that of equivalence, as has been established in the Science of Music;20 and, among virtues, none is more perfect than the virtue of Justice, as is obvious in the discipline of Ethics,829 for the true mid-point is Justice, all else being peripheral to it and taking its reference therefrom. Now, just as unicity necessarily implies superiority (indeed, is the cause of permanence and consistence in existent things), so multiplicity necessarily implies inferiority (indeed, is the cause of corruption and abortion in existent things). Equilibrium880 is the umbra831 of unicity, which obliterates the azimuth832 of paucity and multiplicity, deficiency and excess (these being some divergent types), bringing it by the device833 of unicity from the nadir of deficiency and the vice of corruption to the zenith of perfection and the virtue of permanence. Were it not for equilibrium, the circle of existence would not be complete, for the generation of the three generables834 from the four elements83S is dependent on equable mixings.836