Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
The president met Friday with many families impacted by terror attacks. Some were upset by his decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, some were upset by the delays in trying people involved with the 9-11-01 attacks, some upset with the decision to delay the trial of a key figure in the USS Cole bombing in 2000. Some of these did not come to the meeting. From what I can gather, most of the families invited did accept the White House invitation.
There was a lot of talk about "justice" by these people. I can definitely understand that. But I started to consider what "justice" means. No, actually, I started to wonder what it means.
Justice, according to Webster's online dictionary, means "the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments" among a few other,less applicable, things.
The definition seems to require another definition, that of just, in order to understand it. Dictionary.com has a simpler, maybe clearer, definition: "the administering of deserved punishment or reward."
Still, I wonder about what justice really means to us as individuals. If you are the victim of a crime (or friend or family member of one), justice often means revenge. If you are the perpetrator (or his/her friend or family) then it often means lenient treatment or, perhaps, even vindication.
Justice seems to be, like beauty, one of perspective. If that is so then justice is something that can never be understood until all emotions have cooled. The Hatfields and McCoys of American folklore is an example of ongoing searches for justice tainted by emotion.
I think the Palestinian conflict has become yet another example of revenge becoming the image of justice.