Justice For Sale…?

BY: Dan Phale*

There is one popular phrase used when and where justice is required, or is sought, or is being administered. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth“, and this confirms the notion that justice is a reflection of true facts. In an illustration, the equation is (facts + honesty) equals justice. Simply put, justice prevails where people are honest. In this article we will have to meticulously look at some of the pertinent issues in relation to a case study in which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus.

Let us begin by agreeing that without conflicts among human beings there would never be need for laws; nor would there be need for processes of justice administration. Furthermore it is the naked truth that people seem not to be in terms with one another due to greed, hatred, ill will, jealousy, and selfishness. It should also be noted that whenever conflicts arise, somebody is somehow in conflict with the rule of human conduct.

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A Case Study in this context is a biblical story of Judas Iscariot… When the Passover was drawing near, the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way of silencing Jesus. Why…? They feared that His followers would no longer be submissive to them, having known the truth. Judas Iscariot approached the chief priests, offered to betray Jesus, and was given thirty pieces of silver as payment. But after Jesus had been unjustly and unfairly treated and crucified, Judas Iscariot was filled with remorse. He took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests, saying, “Ive sinned by betraying the innocent blood.” The chief priests rebuffed him, chiefly because what they wanted had been achieved… And flinging down the silver pieces in the sanctuary, he went off and hanged himself.

Jesus – who was given a penalty for a crime which He did not commit – won the case. Three days after the death penalty, he rose again, and ascended into heaven where He is up to now.

Lessons are multifold, but only one shines out as gold. A good conscience is a soft pillow… The one who sleeps well or lives peacefully is the one who has nothing to feel guilty of. He/she has the infallible peace of mind.

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The relationship which exists between those entering into bonds on dubious or unfair or unjust motives barely last long… Surely, justice cannot be sold nor bought. Over and above, such acquisitions that are realised through bribery are but a bunch of curses as somebody suffers in silence. And those who have a tendency of deviating from the truth shall perish.

Most of the times, the systems are neither bad nor good. Suffice to mention herein that the key players in the settlement of disputes are not trustworthy. More often than not, they advance their selfish motives. They get some bribes to deviate from the truth.

However, the world can access justice when people convey true information to the justice administration agents and/or to the tribunals. But there should be adequate resources to be used in the justice administration processes to ensure that conflicts are timely solved, otherwise justice delayed is justice denied. Finally, all the justice administration agents should always be Whiter than white in discharging their duties, because nobody is above the law.

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Nobody Is More Important Than Others

BY: Dan Phale*

Our life is like a voyage whereas the boat does not know the identity of each of those on board. It does not matter whether somebody is male or female, royal or ordinary, poor or rich; they are all equal. And when that vessel capsizes everybody gets wet and/or drowns alongside others because they are sailing together.

Let us further liken our life to a chicken. It is biologically believed that feathers of a chicken are what give it warmth. In this regard no any single feather can provide such warmth that is required in the chicken’s body.

We have, therefore, to unanimously agree on the fact that each of us has something to contribute for our common good. When we look around we see that in our midst there are people with different abilities and skills. There are motor vehicle drivers and/or mechanics, soldiers and/or police officers, doctors, bricklayers, landlords and tenants, farmers and consumers, religious and community leaders, merchants, producers and users, and many more… But each group is equally in need of services provided by the other.

And as I am in the process of publishing this article, I am quickly reminded of the fact that the old wise folks in my beloved country, Malawi, say that “when the leg does not walk the stomach does not eat, and if the stomach does not eat the leg will not have energy to walk.” By this we are assured that there is a requisite need for a mutual dependence among human beings so that they can ably complement one another with their basic needs in a bid to make life better for all.

However, in a sharp contrast more often than not we do witness very disturbing levels of self regard and lack of solidarity as evidenced through a spirit of pride. Somebody has a false feeling that he or she is more important and/or better than other people. But, as I have always argued, pride only goes the length that one can spit… In true sense, such feelings are very hilarious and retrospective because they only give rise to discrimination in a society. As a matter of fact some people are considered a socially inferior group. And the inferiority complex, vis-à-vis, inhibits the expected human growth and development.

In view of the foregoing, I am prompted to urge all and sundry to realise and adopt the importance of a theory of interdependence which is about mutual reliance among groups of people in a society. In this concept human beings become emotionally, socioeconomically, and morally reliant on, and responsible to, one another. Surely this way only we are destined to achieve a lot in our life.