A lot of people are up in arms over the pardon of Joseph Scott Pemberton, since they assume he’ll go scot-free back in the U.S. I’m pretty sure he’ll go through a court-martial, despite the claim of his lawyer. Woke protesters had better make sure of this before they make noise.
If they cry, “what about justice,” or “his punishment is not enough,” they’re wasting their time. There are laws and procedures already in place, and their concept of justice is only their construct. They have no right to demand that their concept be followed by others.
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Reality doesn’t care about anybody’s concept of justice. It follows its own rules. If you go into the wilderness and die, as Christopher McCandless did, you cannot bring anyone to court over it. It is a self-inflicted death. If someone is released after serving a term for homicide, that’s what the law calls for. I once wondered aloud why we have only 40 years imprisonment for one count of murder instead of life, but that’s the Penal Code. Someone even told me that prisons will be jampacked with life-term prisoners, so the “light” punishment will help decongest prisons. But I digress.
If someone decides to go to the U.S. to kill Pemberton himself, that’s not justice. That’s stupidity.
This is why we have courts and a justice system. When people impose their own justice on others, it can get out of hand. There is a need to inhibit people from carrying out their own concept of justice on others.
This is the problem with both wokes and communists. They assume the “rich” or certain “offensive” people are the cause of poverty and misery in the world, so they try to impose their own brand of justice. This includes shaming, libeling or even killing those they target (y’all are angry about Pemberton killing a transgender, but not about commies killing innocents?). What they want is not justice, but dictatorship. They are the ones who need to receive a dose of justice.
Punishment will never bring back the dead. One may want to punish people who offended them over and over again to try and feel satisfied, but in the end, it may never be enough. Many people have said that even successful revenge will end up feeling hollow and futile.
People with their own brand of justice ought to keep it to themselves. If one takes things into their own hands, they become the dictator. Instead of focusing on revenge, one best focus on working for their own life and happiness. If they want to change anything outside of themselves, they can only affect their own immediate environment and not the world. “Change the world” is also something that needs to be given a rest.
I believe, as my cohorts here do, that what Filipinos embrace as their culture is what actually pulls the country down. And those who seem to be anti-dictators, who may also believe themselves to be “heroes,” are the real dictators.