This is something that I really struggle with. I would like to hold an altruistic view, a belief and a way of living that truly upholds humanity in every moment. But the truth is, sometimes it feels really good to punish. Sometimes it feels really good to think that “justice has been served!”
Not exactly a humanist approach and not exactly compassion-based or humanitarian. Now to think of justice, to think that justice is more than merely a way to “justify” or feel better about punishment we seek to play out is, in my opinion of course, to simply disregard an objective viewpoint of the way you are living your life. I feel that many of you nailed it on the head when you discussed the concept that everyone’s perception of right, wrong and equal is different. I do believe in consequence and I believe in karmic justice.
I believe that living with the knowledge of you and the way you conduct your life is truly the only justice we have that is not tainted by some inhumane twist on reality. Given this thought I also believe that punishment reinforces the need for punishment, and that we do indeed live in a world that has spawned this viscous cycle. So to get out of it would take patience and time. Both things I am not sure I have.
But to conceptualize the idea is indeed the first step. To recognize the times in our own lives when we seek for “justice to be served,” when we enforce prejudice against the prejudiced, and to consciously choose another direction. To re-arrange our patterned habits and replace them with habits of compassion and patience.
That is truly the purpose and task of my life. Oye…heady and heavy handed. Sorry guys, it is raining and I am feeling maudlin.
On a lighter note! A new mack event!
My friends and I picked up a book on a little vacation and it was filled with 6 word autobiographies.
Your life story in 6 words! GO!