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Posted by Spratley on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 19:13:31 :
In Reply to: so justification comes by being conducive to something greater? nt posted by trablano on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 12:46:30 :
I'm sure there are other functional ways to think about it. But at the moment I like this way. Every example of justification I can think of has as a common element the fitting into something larger.
Johnny gets arrested for murder. What the killing justified? Well, the guy he killed ws raping a young woman. Johnny was honoring the dignity and rights of a fellow humans. . . something alrger than the situation itself. And in that light something horrible --the taking of a person's life-- suddenlty takes on a new meaning which is not horrible. . . it is justified.
That is the excuse the Inquisition used --this is God's will. That is the excuse that nations use to justify their heinous acts --I am protecting freedom. That is why it is okay for a fox to kill a rabbit --it serves Life today.
Yeah. I won't etch it in stone, but I like thinking of "justification" this way --the service or respect of something larger than the individual nad the individual's acts.
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