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!

Add yours Comments – 157

  • Gary hodgson

    on February 13, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Allison.

    This is my first time visiting this blog site of yours, and while randomly browsing a few of the topics posted, i found how interesting it is to actully hear the views of someone i have seen for year on tv but never met.
    Personalitys of those with celbrity status are usually only heard from interviews and general gossip printed in assorted newpapers and magazines.
    So its nice when you discover that behind all the success and fame, is a real person with worries and interests that match our own.

    Anyway back to the topic of justice.
    Im not much of a writer, so anything i write on the subject will only show my poor literacy skills and my total lack of ability to put my thoughts into words in a way that people can make sense of.

    But i will try your 6 word autobiography

    “live and learn, learn to live”

  • steve

    on February 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    born, love, hate, lust, love, reborn

  • Guadalupe Lozano

    on April 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Judge not by what you see.

  • Beth

    on April 26, 2009 at 4:44 am

    My life story in six words:
    Shy, loveable, broken, on cloud nine.

  • Urmee

    on May 13, 2009 at 8:09 am

    in 6 words:
    Optimistic but reality keeps barging in

  • Urmee

    on May 13, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I always loved Chloe’s character, she’s the type of girl I wanted to become…Actors talk about character evolution but you actually portrayed it with great success and I applaud you for it.

  • EG

    on May 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    God came, now I dream big

    God with me, nothing is impossible