Justice-but is it really?

by TerryWalstrom 2 Replies latest jw friends

  • TerryWalstrom

    JUSTICE: Individuals or Groups?

    1. You commit the crime--you must do the time.
    2. Those aren't your fingerprints on the murder weapon--you're exonerated.

    JUSTICE = You break it--you buy it.
    The individual gets what is deserved and does not get what they don't deserve.
    What happens if you shift responsibility from the individual to a Group instead?



    For all the times you kill the harmless snake in error, the one time you destroy the poisonous snake--you survive.

    INDIVIDUAL identity/responsibility disappears when GROUP identity appears.

    Arabs vs Jews
    Catholics vs Protestants
    Sunni vs Shiites
    Muslim vs Hindu
    Irish vs British
    Cowboys vs Indians
    Blacks vs Whites

    JUSTICE works for the individual deed
    Justice is corrupted when Group is substituted

    Tribalism, Nationalism, Group Thinking leads to
    the Fallacy of Category Error.

    "The Jews killed Jesus."
    "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."
    “Kill them all and let God sort them out.”


    We have choices.
    Justice or Social Justice?

    Justice looks at individuals.
    Social Justice looks at Groups.

    Which world do you wish to live in?

    "You broke it--you pay for it"
    "All White People are oppressors."


    Today, examine your thinking.
    Do you see individuals or do you think : categories of groups?

    For instance: IMMIGRANTS

    A. For all the times you kill the harmless snake in error, the one time you destroy the poisonous snake--you survive.

    B. Vet case by case, person by person

    GROUP-THINK (Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell)

    "The more amiability there is among the members of a policy-making in group, the greater the danger that independent critical thinking will be replaced by group-think, which is likely to result in irrational and dehumanizing actions directed against individuals in the out group."

    Disastrous decisions are made when
    decisions occur largely because of group-think, which prevented contradictory views from being expressed and subsequently evaluated.

  • smiddy3

    Was it group justice or individual justice that sentenced Adam ?

    Gen.3:22 a, " And jehovah God went on to say "Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad" ....

  • TerryWalstrom

    Adam wanted to be like his cloud Papa.
    He also wanted to know Good from Bad.


    The whole doctrine of one man bringing condemnation is the best
    ancient minds could come up with, I suppose.
    At least it seemed to get halfway toward explaining why God allows suffering.
    As far as Justice is concerned--I think we're just more enlightened now.

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