Our human justice system has much to learn
Embedded in our Western myths are seeds of possible truth.
Perhaps there is a divine register of deeds, where every moral and ethical transgression is recorded, alongside every act of generosity.
Not by some punishing white male god or human-like board of directors, rather by the cosmic mathematician. The gravity equivalent of justice.
What I do trust is that divine justice works. The frustration is that it never works on our human-constructed timelines.
On this morning the wheels turn.
I watch a video of a former NRA head speaking to 3044 empty chairs, not realising that his practice speech is the main act, the 3044 chairs representing young adults shot to death in the USA.
It is powerful. Tragic. Brilliant. (Watch a short clip it here)
And the full dossier detailing rape allegations against Australia’s previous Attorney General has been released to the public, the irony because of his own righteous indignation.
Innocence has nothing to hide. Innocence houses no shame.
Sometimes it takes months. Sometimes years. Often time hundreds or thousands of years. My heart bleeds for the colonisation perpetrated by so many over aeons. Knowing that the history of colonisation goes back, far back…where the perpetrators of recent times were also those perpetrated upon. If we want to look to history we need to look at the entire history of human civilisation, not just the part that makes us mad.
Most humans are good. All of us make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes, mistakes of youth, of entitlement, of being seduced by propaganda, without the ability or desire to discern, result in terrible consequences for others.
In a polarised world, where lies have become the currency of normal exchange, where truth is penalised, the stage is set for an explosion.
Rather than amplify it by always seeking a scapegoat, by refusing to acknowledge the role of collective trauma and childhood abuse in the act of violence towards others, we might find a more compassionate way to enable those of us who have made a mistake, or done terrible things, to truly be remorseful. To admit. Learn. Take the consequences. To seek to then live a life of service.
And we might find in our hearts the space for forgiveness.
Divine justice exists. Our human justice system has much to learn.
Photo taken April 23rd 2021