Mistaking Judgement

Not all mistakes we commit, come under the purview of the local legal system.

When they do, however, you are governed by them and there is a price to pay. Sanjay Dutt got to know that amount yesterday – six years of RI. While he seems to have a glimmer of hope with the Supreme Court, the meting out of the sentence itself must have been a moment of devastation. Such is the nature of hope, often. Yet hope is a bad customer, when dealing with death.

Apparently, all’s fine in the land of the much-delayed judicial system in the country. Apparently.

In a public court, you stand covered and protected by well-wishers and your legal counsel. What do you do in your own court? What about the crimes you committed for which there isn’t a penal code? For the hearts that you broke, for the lies you got away with. The harshness or the softness of the sentence is yours to mete out. Is that a conflict of interest when you are the criminal and you are the judge?

Depends – will you be more the judge or more the criminal? Where will your loyalty lie? And in being either, won’t you have a context to pronouncing the judgement? Won’t you have the context of being righteous, the context of being sensitive or the context of being politically correct?

And then, this.

The ultimate definition of work-life balance, the desegregation of professional and personal life; I once said the same thing to a person – don’t lose faith in yourself. The punishment and the motivating words contradict to a large extent – you can believe in either. Not both. I see that the person now lives by the applicable penal code. The defined standard is a known evil – recognisable, defendable. The motivating words have no standards – erratic, devoid of substance, undependable.

Where standard penal codes don’t apply, it is better to be human. Where they do, it is better not to be.

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7 thoughts on “Mistaking Judgement

  1. i agree what about the crimes which cant be penalised. what about the lies we tell to ourselves.

    but karma it think will take its course.

    nicely written….

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  2. While interesting are the thoughts you have left us with…I am yet questioning in my mind the price one needs to pay for mistakes they commit.

    More so for owning up to them. I have often realized that so many people just go on with their comfortable lives (or so it seems) by never owning up or hiding away the truth yet it is the one who gathers the courage to stand up or confront is the one who is punished the most and pays the price.

    Funnier is when it’s been told that when u shall rise out of this you shall be stronger than you ever have been. Which again makes me question “ Stronger for what ? Yet another punishment for yet another confrontation in the future, is it ?

    Random thoughts …:)

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  3. ==Neo
    Ah yes, Karma, the esoteric judge 🙂

    ==Payal:
    the one who stands up for the mistakes against those that don’t is just a matter of choice. If you do believe in Karma (like Neo), then it hardly matters whether you own up or not. Justice will be delivered, won’t it?
    🙂
    I am not sure ‘stronger’ is necessarily a factor of strength – it’s about becoming a better person – with a wider perspective about things – and no – I do not think someone ‘comes out stronger’ to face more shit. On the contrary, it’s the strength and reasoning that helps the person not to make further mistakes.

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  4. the nature of hope. i couldn’t help but think what must have gone on in his mind. and then i try and think how many times i have been the judge and the counsel. and how many times i have been fair. to myself.

    i dont know. and i am a little scared to find out.

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  5. ==Phish:
    Am with you, when it comes to understanding the nature of hope. We are all scared – in some form or the other, about some thing or the other. I guess that is why they invented hope.

    Which is a scary thought.

    Talk of recursive fears! 🙂

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