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posted by [personal profile] towith at 10:30pm on 22/03/2009 under
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My thoughts can be summed up with this wonderful quote by G.K.Chesterton; children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.

I have no innate mercy or pity and why should I, I am student of nature. Death is a fact to me, like the passing of the seasons. The surpassing of the master by the student. The hand of fate, which grips us all. It is in this that I acknowledge my own capacity for great, passionless destruction. It is in this that I am humbled and come to value mercy.

If we will then provide the guilty a second chance, there must be certain guiding principles. First we define what we mean by a second chance. At no point should a person be seen as anything less, or to be made inhuman, a monster. A second chance is therefore not an attempt to restore philosophical respect but setting their social reputation back to a neutral point. Second is that redemption must be sought out, to be true it cannot be forced. Third, the capacity for redemption must be infinite. Once a person has fulfilled their obligation, there must be no lingering ill will.
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Nil

posted by [identity profile] tydestra.livejournal.com at 11:09pm on 22/03/2009
I acknowledge my own capacity for great, passionless destruction.
ahem.

I'm all for giving the rope for them to hang themselves, then walking away when they start to swing.
 

Nil

posted by [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com at 01:56pm on 23/03/2009
Sometimes, that is also an act of mercy.

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