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?
THE SINS of the FATHERS
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.