What does anyone want, really? We all wantneedour values to be appreciated. Our value systems define us. Regardless of where we go, what we do, or what happens to us when we stay true to our values we are able to remain happy. “Street values” (or how others view priorities) belong…on the street but invariably they make their way into our lives. The only way to keep this from happening is to insulate ourselves from the street. Yea, no more sloppy, icky, dirty occurrences to make us messy! But isn’t that a shame? We are called to take our “home values” to the streets (that parable about the lamp and the bushel basket comes to mind).
Everyone makes mistakes. Even those who administer judgment about “right and wrong” make mistakes (especially regarding just punishment). Think about it: If a person’s own recognizance is ample security then why show a force of anything else? What does a heaping of insult add to injury?
When scruples are denied a bad precedent is established. “You hit me so I hit you and now we’re even” scarcely if ever works because no one hit is equivalent to others. Yet even if hits were identical, “first strike and last strike” could never be the same. You’ve heard “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” The deeper lesson (theologically?) is to accept and bear injustice for the sake of righteousness. “It’s not right but…” can go a long way to restoring justice. There will always be vindictive persons muddying the waters but this too shall pass.