Being Just is not necessarily being Fair.
It is important to always consider that the letter of the law does not always equal the intent. I do not believe every individual should be punished equally. A three year stealing grapes is not the same thing as a forty year old stealing grapes. Yet there are many forty year olds who have the mentality of three year olds. Rules and laws are not set in concrete, but must bend to fit the situation. It should teach as well as inflict appropriate consequences for the wrong-doer's actions. No one is perfect, though we mostly believe that we can prescribe punishment for someone else, and still be immune ourselves. But when we behave wrongly, we want compassion and the hope of acquittal. There is a statement..."Truth in Love". Note the order; it does not say love before truth, and that is important. You may love a Communist so much, that the truth of freedom becomes corrupt, and you part ways with it. But first know what you stand for, and then impart love.
Therefore, we are human beings first, frail and fragile and imperfect, and who cannot always do right by our very nature. Inflict the consequences due, but in truth and love, always knowing first and formost that we have no special means of preventing our own selves from doing far worse, circumstances permitting.
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