To The Daily Sun,
What is right and just? Each Sunday I hear the words uttered as part of a ritual during mass. At the risk of offending those who choose to debate religion, I would like to put my spin on the meaning of those two conceptual ideas. First, let me be clear, I'm not alluding to the possessive right. I am talking about that which is the opposite of wrong. So, then, we are talking about what is morally accepted by society. In other words, what we, collectively, should strive for when dealing with our fellow human beings. It is a fairly easy concept to understand, but very hard to live by. Selfishness keeps getting in the way.
When a society loses sight of what is right, it should turn to those who are appointed to judge the right or wrongness of actions. In other words, they, the judges, are there to make sure the actions are just. Recently the justice system has been bypassed. People who feel strongly about their “rights” have taken to the streets. Absent a justice system based on moral principles and a constitution that attempts to help guide us in the achieving of fairness, we have potential anarchy. Marches should be to air grievances, not demean another segment of society. Our governmental authorities need to define the parameters required during peaceful demonstrations. Once a group crosses the line by denigrating their fellow citizens and physically threatening them, the police can and should intervene and quell the out of control and riotous behavior.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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