There is a long-standing assumption that justice is a more objective position and mercy requires empathy and personal investment in resolving a scenario. I view it from a different perspective and would like to test my thinking against other views. In my observations of both individuals and society, justice is dependent on a more singular vantage point and set of values. When an individual feels anger when their rights are violated, they seek justice and punishment for the offender. Justice imposes one set of values on another set of values. Individuals commit violations because in their mind it is "just" based on their personal experience and the distortions in their perceptions that result. The people who violated me in my life perceived me as something deserving of those violations. They typically viewed it as justice. There appears to be a drive in each person to balance their personal equations by punishing others. I have done it, but only when my comprehension was most limited. By contrast, mercy acknowledges that there are different vantage points and that each individual is a unique system with its own set of values. It is about not imposing one system on another. Distortions in perception that result from taking a negative experience and imposing it on a new experience are at the root of most violations. It spreads much like a virus in this way. By viewing the conflict from multiple vantages points, there is less of an impulse to mirror and reflect back the violation, but to build up immunity by becoming its opposite.