I apologize for not writing sooner. I have been writing but I have felt less inspired and deemed most of my musings unworthy of posting. When you spend as much time alone as I do there is little confusion as to where doubt comes from. There are naysayers and people who may point out our failings but it is a personal choice to lick at their laces. If I am able to drag myself from my doubts I can sometimes see them for what they are. They line up in excuses for why I don’t venture forward. Try as I might to not go somewhere, I do.
I have been waiting to hear from the Justice Minister 🙂 and Bill C-54 is still on my mind. I still believe it is a response to the sense of justice many of us carry. We are more at ease with punishment than we are with rehabilitation. We stand to the side, proverbial stone in hand and we pass our own little judgements. We decide who or what is to be forgiven. This all comes out in public sentiment spun by certain media and propped up by stigma and misunderstanding.
I’m sure it is sexy for the Conservatives to give off the odour of justice as it is their only ambition to have voters follow the scent. We need to be mindful of the fact that some of our sense of justice is primitive. It was not long ago that we gathered for hangings. It appeals to the eye for an eye mentality. An eye for an eye does not make the world more just it just makes it doubly tragic. Should we punish those who are only socially responsible? Should your opinion be a measure of their treatment?
Just because in your head they are guilty and responsible does not make them so. The crime is entwined with an illness. Regardless of how distasteful the crime may be we have to agree that were it not for the illness there would be no crime.
A thought-provoking post. For me, rehabilitation is paramount and so is protecting society from future violations. Restraint does not have to be punishment per se.
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