If anyone has a reason to want justice, I am that person. I would love to have had justice, to have seen some sort of criminal charges filed against the man who molested me when I was in the third grade. But, it did not happen. Instead, local authorities changed the records to make it look like he had never even been employed in the county. My parent’s attorney (at the time) was even in on the cover-up, dismissing them as clients.
My childhood was ruined. It was destroyed. The person I once was had also been destroyed. I was stalked, hunted, and forced to live in a state of siege. There were numerous kidnapping attempts. He tried, at least once, to kill me.
There was no justice, no criminal courts, no charges filed. I eventually realized I had to forgive and let it go. When I discovered that his son had become an attorney, fighting pedophiles, I feel that is good enough for me.
You don’t get justice in this world. It is just doesn’t happen.
I am beginning to think that people who are putting their hopes and dreams into ‘justice’ for a specific issue are sociologically immature. At the very least, they are not facing the cold, cruel, bleak reality of existence in Ayn Rand’s America – 2014. The honest truth of the matter is justice has never existed. It never has, and it never will. It is a transitory thing, meaning different things to different people. Instead of justice, one should think in the terms of ‘punishment’. That too, is transitory.
Justice is a beautiful and abstract concept.
“…The concept of justice differs in every culture. An early theory of justice was set out by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic. Throughout history various theories have been established. Advocates of divine command theory argue that justice issues from God. In the 1600s, theorists like John Locke argued for the theory of natural law. Thinkers in the social contract tradition argued that justice is derived from the mutual agreement of everyone concerned. In the 1800s, utilitarian thinkers including John Stuart Mill argued that justice is what has the best consequences. Theories of distributive justice concern what is distributed, between whom they are to be distributed, and what is the proper distribution. Egalitarians argued that justice can only exist within the coordinates of equality. John Rawls used a social contract argument to show that justice, and especially distributive justice, is a form of fairness. Property rights theorists (like Robert Nozick) also take a consequentialist view of distributive justice and argue that property rights-based justice maximizes the overall wealth of an economic system. Theories of retributive justice are concerned with punishment for wrongdoing. Restorative justice (also sometimes called “reparative justice”) is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of victims and offenders….”
The demand for justice is almost manipulative. It doesn’t happen. The best people can hope for is to see a criminal receive a half-way decent sentence. If you truly want ‘justice’ file a lawsuit and clean the entity. The bottom line is the only to get any sort of satisfaction in dealing with a dirty cop is to clean the municipality. Very rarely are cops indicted by a grand jury. For leaders in Ferguson to allow people to think that this was going to happen was just plain wrong.
Reality is very harsh. It is best to face it head on, and deal with it. The cold reality in this country is that people of color are losing ground in this country. Anyone who thinks the ‘generic’ quality of life is improving for minorities is lying. While most of us are losing ground in today’s post-recession world, when you are confronted with the cold hard statistics, it is shocking.
If you really want to know why people in Ferguson and elsewhere are truly outraged, one might suspect that it is because they are not getting a break. These days, none of us are, only for the black community, it is far worse.