Recently I have been thinking about the concept of Justice; in fiction, real life scenarios and in regards to the law, and have come away from the experience with a bitter taste in my mouth. I have become dissatisfied, partly I believe, due to the handling of a concept synonymous with fair-minded and impartial treatment, which has seemingly been translated (at least within as far as many modern media portrayals are concerned) into an excuse for revenge or ‘scapegoatiness’
It does not seem unreasonable to me to have an action merit an equal and just action in return e.g Work hard and receive just compensation, or cause hardship/ harm/ etc and receive equal retribution (hopefully that acts in a positive manner, either discouraging further acts or serving as a form of rehabilitation bla bla bla.)
It does however seems to me that people are becoming desensitised to the idea that a person on the receiving end of ‘Justice’ is truly a person, instead society circles like baying dogs, the master has let loose on the hunt, ready to tear into what ever is presented to them as fair game.
Perhaps I am just growing disillusioned but I will try to give some examples.
A) There was a show on Tv (probably Animal Channel, I don’t remember) about animals being recovered from situations usually after being cruelly treated or neglected or something like that. What struct me as most concerning is that yes while the owners were rounded up and prosecuted or not on a case by case bases it was often the vets who were crying out for blood the hardest. This is a veterinarian whom has been trained to heal and care for lives saying that the owner deserves to be ‘Shot’ ‘Locked Up and Never Realised’ ‘Starved’ ‘Beaten…’ This person is a second responder not present when the animal was captured and not aware of all the details and yet is willing to throw these terms at the cameras as if Justice was all that was necessary to allow the reactionary cruelty they want to perpetrate against another human being.
B) Populised/ Widely known court cases where people travel from miles around just to stand outside of the courthouses and knowing barely anything except what biased media has told them hurl abuse at the accused, or putting it more extremely taking vigilante action (e.g spray painting potentially slanderous/ slurring messages on the house of the accused.) against the person before they have been judged before a court of law . And why would the people do this… Why because the accused deserved it, they were told this was a bad individual and so all action against them are just if done by a righteous citizen such as they.
C) People that committed crimes 40 years ago but where never caught and new evidence crops up condemning the now elderly, that potentially have little time left and may (caveat) have been good and virtuous in the 40 years since, to be thrown into the tumultuous often times very unpleasant area that is the legal system. Without any sort of amnesty situation this again seems a cruelty done to perpetuate the concept of justice.
I feel after writing this down that I haven’t spoken my piece very well and seeing my thoughts written before me understand how each could be argued but such as it is…
I am curious on the thoughts of you all on the concept of ‘Justice’ and whether any of you believe, as I do, that it stands equally balanced between just/equal behaviour and revenge/scapegoatiness or reactive cruelty.