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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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