Nightwolf wrote:I was wondering what different views you fellow druids have on punishment/justice in the otherworld or in the here and now. ... I have read a number of books on druidry but have never seen this addressed. What do you guys think?
Fiona The Bard wrote:I, personally, think the idea of - or the desire for - justice is merely a product of the ego, nothing more. I don't think (again, personally) that the Divine has any such agendas; it isn't bent on punishing, or being witness to punishment, the way we humans are. That said, I think the law of cause and effect is Divine Law, and that any retribution one might experience for one's deeds in life can be attributed to it. To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction, and so forth.
treegod wrote:I do believe there is a "natural justice" (as distinct from humans concepts of...), which we could describe as karma, or more simply as consequences. There are consequences to our actions, you drop something you might break it. Sometimes these consequences don't go back to the one that deserves it, and sometimes not in the deserved proportion either. That would be the human ideal of justice, anyway.
ShadowCat wrote:Since I view the universe as a projection of oneness that strives to experience itself, my gutfeeling tends to accept the idea that if the part of the soul that is bound to the individual has a deepseated feeling of guilt, it will create it's own "punishment" in knowledge and replay of hurtful moments, until that part of the soul let's go and dissolves back into the oneness.
Hennie wrote:Nature works simple ; poison your rivers and your crops, your cattle and eventually you yourself will die. That is more "justice" than any human law can understand.
cryptic raven wrote:Take the death penalty for example. Many people see that as excellent justice for heinous crimes. I despise the death penalty. Does that form of justice make us somehow rise above the criminal by destroying them? No. It draws us down into the pit with them. Plus there is always the risk of y'know...innocent people being killed for crimes they didn't commit!
The old system, adequately named "natural law" depended on what the society/tribe/community considered just, it was a consensus reached at "things", often spoken under a (sacred?) tree. Some of those cases were reported and refered to in future cases, but the judges were mostly trusted members of society that could see more sides to a story and decide on the best outcome. It was often a mediation-proces between the different parties.
Nightwolf wrote:I was wondering what different views you fellow druids have on punishment/justice in the otherworld or in the here and now. What type of retribution the god/goddess/gods or anything administers. I do believe we pay for unnatural deeds such as destruction of nature and violent acts. I have read a number of books on druidry but have never seen this addressed. What do you guys think?
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