Common steps and sub-activities
Justice is a method of threat removal that can only be achieved via the judicial system and by having a legal framework that is effective. In effect, threats are lessened by having a system of laws and known penalties that are always used. To be effective the system must also have a system whereby those who break the laws can be apprehended and given a fair trial.
It is no accident that the people who live in countries without adequate systems of justice have to resort spiritually to overload methods, only those who live in a country in which threats are largely removed, are able to use suppression techniques.
We may think, in the so called civilised countries, that we have got it right, but we haven’t. The principle of justice as envisaged by the Greeks thousands of years ago was very different from that we have now. In the Greek system and the system of a number of other countries at the time, the law was based on the sort of table we see below.
In the centre was the action which was deemed hurtful and thus a threat. On the left was the rationale for why it was a threat covering the number of people likely to be affected, the possible hurt and the probability of hurt being occasioned.
On the right was the punishment which was clear cut and stated without ambivalence.
It is well known in the USA and a number of European countries [though to a lesser extent] that if you have a good lawyer, whatever you have done, the punishment can be watered down or even removed. Furthermore the punishment rarely seems to match the extent of damage done. Thus you can be an out of work drifter who robs a man for food and you get 10 years in jail, but if you are a financial wizard who has robbed hundreds of thousands of their life savings you get a year at most in a nice open prison with time off for good behaviour.
So we in the west have not achieved a system of justice. Nowhere is there a table like the one I have shown above, freely available on the Internet say for everyone to see and discuss. On the whole the vast majority of people do not know the law, and where they do they treat it as an ass, because it has been made an ass [mostly by politicians and lawyers].
Justice to be effective has to be visible. There has to be a clear description of what is wrong and right and a clear description of the punishment. Furthermore those who live by the rules must be aware that they will be enforced.
Without this system we will never obtain spiritual experiences of a lasting nature. We may get one off experiences that act like tasters, but without this level of security and threat removal, that is all they will stay.
To quote from the I Ching and Confucius:
Thunder and Lightning
An image of eradicating
In correspondence with this
The ancient king clarified penalties
And strengthened the law
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- 101 Zen stones - Arresting the Stone Buddha
- Auden, W H - September 1st, 1939
- Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy - If one thing is distinct from another
- Chuang Tzu - Cracking the Safe
- Cirlot on scales
- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - Addressed to a Young Man of Fortune
- Confucius - The Doctrine of the Mean - 10
- Dawkins, Professor Richard - The God Delusion - Conscience
- Diotima – 08 Eros, and the desire for immortality
- Diotima – 09 Eros, co-creation and justice
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Over Soul - We know that all spiritual being is in man
- Gladstone, William Ewart - Don’t hurt - Political franchise only for those who do not hurt
- Hesiod - Theogony - 04 The emotions
- Hesiod - Works and Days - Justice and Conscience
- Hesiod - Works and Days - The five ages of man
- Intelligences - PLANETS MOON Sin and SUN Shamash
- James - James 5 verses 1 to 20
- Jami - SALÁMÁN AND ABSÁL – from 01 The Story
- Jesus - Matthew 5 : 01 - Blessed are the poor in spirit
- Jili, Abd al-Karim - Al-Kahf wa al-raqim - 160 Section 15
- Khan, Hazrat Inayat - The Art of Being and Becoming - On Good and evil, and justice
- Khusrau, Amir - Ghazal 857 [extract]
- King, Martin Luther - 01 AUGUST 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail
- King, Martin Luther - 02 AUGUST 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail
- Kings 7 - The Temple, Jachin and Boaz
- Louis Jacolliot - The Bible in India - 04 The Story of Krishna: Preaching the law/disciples/Ardjuna and Sarawasta
- Louis Jacolliot - The Bible in India - The Thoughts and maxims of Krishna
- Mesopotamian - Means of achieving spiritual experience 05 Removing threats and Justice
- Naglowska, Maria de - The Light of Sex - On Justice and Contrast
- Nietzsche - Twilight of the Idols - Learning to see, habituating the eye to repose
- Nizami – Makhzanol Asrar (The Treasury of Mysteries) – from The Second Discourse 01
- Nizami – Makhzanol Asrar (The Treasury of Mysteries) – from The Second Discourse 02
- O'Reilly, John Boyle - There is blood on the face of the earth
- Parmenides - On Nature - 01
- Plutarch – The Vision of Aridæus 03
- Plutarch – The Vision of Aridæus 04
- Plutarch – The Vision of Aridæus 08
- Saadi - The Gulistan of Sa‘di – 11 from The Manners of Kings Solitude
- Schopenhauer, Arthur - The World as Will and Idea - Minding your own business
- Shirley, J - Death the leveller
- Songs of Flying Dragons – Dedication, Destiny and Serving the common man
- Songs of Flying Dragons – Reducing obligations, Justice and forgiveness
- Songs of Flying Dragons – Reducing threats and employing justice
- Songs of Flying Dragons – Though he was busy with war, he loved the way of the scholar
- Songs of Flying Dragons – Worshipping that which is bigger than us all
- Sumerian poems and lamentations – 02 In Praise of Shulgi
- Sumerian poems and lamentations – 05 In Praise of Gudea
- TEDtalks - Isabel Allende - Tales of Passion
- The Kama sutra – 06 The best places to live [for the purposes of attracting women]
- The Lotus Sutra - 13 Peaceful practises - 1 The practices and associations proper for bodhisattvas in the evil age
- The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine - Key 07
- Tirrukural, the - Book 1 Impartiality
- Tirrukural, the - Book 2 The Unswerving Sceptre
- Twain, Mark - Who are the oppressors
- Tzu, Lao - Attain to utmost Emptiness
- Tzu, Lao - You govern a kingdom by normal rules
- Wesley’s Britain in the 1700s - Crime and punishment
- Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass - What blurt is it about virtue and about vice
- Wotton, Sir Henry - Character of a happy life