This-essay is a9701251.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %WESTERN JUDICIAL PUNISH ISOLATED INDIVIDUAL SINS+970125 %COMMUNAL PERSONAL INTEGRITY MISTAKE TRAGEDY EVIL+970125 %CONNECTIONS WEBS FABRIC THREADS CAUSE EFFECT FAIL 970125 Western judicial procedures tend to focus upon isolated individuals and the laying of fault, blame and guilt upon isolated individuals. The community is seen as the arithmetic sum of the isolated individual parts; rather than as a fabric woven together in multiple, inter- connected ways. The whole community is not seen as a whole which transcends the arithmetic sum of the parts into which it is analyzed by analysts who are preoccupied with elementary parts and linear relationships. Judicial procedures might be quite different if they were based upon a different set of assumptions, presuppositions, approaches, attitudes and beliefs which are taken on faith. What if the following were taken seriously? 1. Individuals are conceived and nurtured within communal contexts which transcend the individuals who participate in those communal contexts. 2. Individuals are as much the products of their communal contexts; as communal contexts are the product of individual contributions to the the communal contexts of the individuals. 3. It is impossible to trace with great confidence the woven fabric of cause/effect relationships which lead to criminal actions and to the subsequent consequences of criminal actions. 4. It is just as likely that addressing and changing communal contexts within which crimes occur will lead to the decrease of future criminal activity; as it is likely that passing judgement and imposing punishments upon selected "criminals" will lead to the decrease of future criminal activity. 5. Efforts to reduce alienation, estrangement, ignorance and confusion are more likely to lead to the decrease of future criminal activity; than will efforts which will naturally lead to additional alienation, estrangement, ignorance and confusion on the part of "criminals." 6. In instances of condemnation, alienation, estrangement and excommunication, all the participants involved, and/or dis-involved, are affected; not just those individuals who are rejected, banished, condemned and/or excommunicated. Justice, mercy and humility will not grow so long as people who might grow in them are dominated by narrow- minded assumptions, presuppositions, approaches, attitudes and beliefs which are taken on faith---and are not tested against the experiences of many different kinds of people in many different kinds of contexts. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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