The Question of Justice

When I was young I followed rules and regs to the letter. I tattled on those who broke these and despised them for doing so. I earned the name “nark” and “tattletale” and was was proud of it. In short I absolutely believed in the system. As with so many things in my life, this attitude started to change after I had real close friends. These friends encouraged change in me and one of those changes was seeing the flaw in the system, seeing the flaws in the rules and regs. I slowly realized that the law may not always be just, and that I should practice forgiveness for those that broke it. I have come to realize that in practicing forgiveness for those that broke it, I was really practicing forgiveness for myself for being unjust. In “tattling” and “narking” on any matter no matter how trivial I was practicing injustice. I was also being a coward–refusing to assert myself on matters that I believed firmly in. In many ways that refusal to assert myself persists to this day–though not at all to the same extent. I guess I’ll finish with a couple quotes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 08:

“There can be no justice as long as laws are absolute.” – Jean-Luc Picard

“When has justice ever been as simple as a rule book?”-William T. Riker

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

3 thoughts on “The Question of Justice

  1. I regret introducing you to Cast TV, by the way. Look at the results of it. Also, \”nark\” is technically a correct spelling, but I would just like to inform you that it looks funny. Along those same lines, I cannot believe you used the term \”regs\”…twice.


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