Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 08/03/2015

What Justice?

Whether it’s the news of another atrocity perpetrated by a police officer on someone in their custody or the apparent disregard of the person who has manipulated and used those for whom I care,  I find I am overwhelmed by a sense of the iniquity and a desire to see justice done. And what do I get in return for my ostensible concern for others and my desire to see the accused punished?  A sullied mind, a blackened heart and the kamma that goes along with them.

It seems to me that the right question to ask here is not where this need for fairness confess from but where it will lead me. Rather than working to ensure that the world operates by my own sense of justice, can I have more faith in the law of kamma? Can I work to help the victims and let the aggressors (real or imagined) deal worth their own kamma? To me, this is what is meant by equanimity and it is something that I need to pay all the more attention to.


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