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Wrong doing ~ ?
What did it cost
The victim of this "wrong doing"?
What is legal,
What was done,
From: "np426z" - Find messages by this author
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 19:32:38 +0000 (UTC)
Local: Sat,Jul 24 2004 3:32 pm
Subject: I have a dilemma...
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....well, actually, I have lots of dilemmas (dilemmi?), but the dilemma
which I seek the advice of the rec.runners is as follows:
I know someone who's been bad. Not a tiny bit bad, or even a
bit bad, but *very, very* bad. Of their badness I will say little,
than it was BAD. Of them I can say but a fraction more. They are
of means, well-educated (and before you put two-and-two together and
with five, NO, it ain't moi) and have - in my eyes - no apparent reason
falling off the straight and narrow.
I knew nothing of their badness until after the dirty deed was done.
cannot be undone, nor will the application of time, money or effort
scars of their stupidity. They confessed their folly to me openly and
freely. They sought my advice upon what to do next.
So, what should I say? Actually, I know what to say 'cause I've
said it. I guess I'm raising the subject with you as a sort of 'straw
to see if y'all agree with me. I told them to walk away and never
anyone, ever again, of their deed.
Reasons? OK, firstly - as I said - his act can't be undone, therefore
contrition is futile, punishment merely vengance, and retribution is a
matter for the gods. Secondly, this soul has led a blameless life to
date - even, in my eyes, a useful one - therefore I see no-one better
to be his judge than himself. And finally, and *most* importantly,
full of odd little events. What looks terrible to me may be judged by
others, in a different time and place, to be sensible or even laudable.
have to trust that - based on my knowledge of him, of his life and his
previously demonstrated personal values - he acted as any reasonable
would have, given the circumstances in which he found himself. In
words, it could have been me.
Is that fair? Does the fact that I accept that I *can* fail excuse
fact that others *do*? Would it have been worse if he wasn't such a
bloke? Can the fact that you've led a good life in any way mitigate
against the commission of a bad act? Or it it all black and white,
The floor, rec.runners, is all yours...
"... stop acting like a jerk."
"Stop being so defensive."
"... just who do you think you are,
"Me? I'm Roger.
Friend of Leonardo."
"... what about Michelanegelo,
Or the women,
Who come and go, fawning over Leonardo ~ ?
Or the overrated Nelson, a very bad
Man ~ ?
"Order does not exceed these boundaries,
And should not be confused with proportion,
Which can in no way satisfactorily
Takes it place,
Since proportion is that which gives us norms
And rules of the precise distance
Of things placed first and next,
And of measured quantities, which are more or less."
~ Vincenzo Danti,
Quoted in "Michelangelo
And The Language of Art"
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