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Am reading a mystery novel in which the protagonist mulls over on a lot of moral issues in between testing her amateur sleuthing skills. This strikes self as something worth pondering:

Distant wrongs: an interesting issue in moral philosophy. Do past wrongs seem less wrong to us simply because they are less vivid?

That has always been the case, hasn’t it? Time heals all wounds. But how does time justify the human error? Just because it happened a long time ago, just because you don’t feel angry or hurt or betrayed anymore, just because the crime-doer confessed to suffering from guilt over the years, how does that make the wrong less wrong? How can punishment delayed be less than what it could be at that moment in time if the crime was discovered? Showing remorse by confessing to a crime years after it was done does not in any make the crime less criminal, does it? It does not make a dead person less dead. It does not make a woman less raped. It does not make a wife less betrayed by her husband.

But you bet your life if you confess your crime years after it’s done, the repercussions are definitely miniscule in comparison to what it might have been if you confessed at that moment of time.

And that is why when you make a huge fuss out of it as you would in that moment of time, people say things like But it happened ages ago! or Just forgive and forget, at least he’s being honest with you.

Well that is NOT the point, now is it?

Comments on: "Do past wrongs seem less wrong simply because they are less vivid?" (7)

  1. There is a double effect actually. At the moment of the crime, the wrong appears to be more wrong than it is. And later, it tends to appear less wrong than it is.

    sulz: hmm, that could be true, never thought in that perspective. so how can people view the crime in a objective way if it’s so?

  2. I think the victim is not suitable for punishing the criminal objectively. It has to be a third impersonal party who knows what it is like to suffer.

    sulz: that’s why we have judges. but when it comes to personal matters it would be difficult to find one, as people as naturally not inclined to disclose personal matters to impersonal people like strangers.

  3. Well in that case, the judgement should be made after a decent interval of time… after you have cooled down somewhat, and life has progressed a little and you can look at things properly.

    sulz: that has a risk of seeing the wrong as being “lesser” because of the time factor, as questioned by the quote above. oh well, this is the sort of thing where there isn’t any right or wrong answer, just the most suitable solution for each individual.

  4. lovelyloey said:

    I think it depends on individual values (like almost every other thing in this world). People get plagued by guilt which worsens year after year because they are brought up to think it’s not right. Some people do wrong things even knowing it’s wrong just for the kick of it because it’s not in their set of values. I guess these are the people who makes wrong seem less wrong after time.

    sulz: that’s true. perhaps the worst kind of wrong to commit is to do it knowing how wrong it is, and not feeling any sort of guilt whatsoever. like breaking traffic rules on the road! serial mass offender here, and not one iota of g whatsoever.

  5. DepeIt depends on the gravity of the judgment error when combined with the effects of the guilt factor. Often the misdeeds that haunt you can be things you did not do or times you pretended to be blind to situations in which you were afraid to get involved. Some of life’s indiscretions never lessen and actually grow as your views of life evolve. As your morality evolves the so does your guilt and how you paint the event in your mind. I can honestly look back at many of my youthful indiscretions/actions/nonactions and realize at this point in my life I would probably grab the person I was and try and shake some sense in to him. I find the guilt factor increases for me when it involves mistakes where I now feel I wronged family members and friends. Other things I have done I now look back and think how silly I was for worrying about what I did or did not do. How vivid you remember or regret the transgression nearly always follows how your morality evolves.

    sulz: your second sentence is spot-on. guess moral questions like this don’t necessarily have a right answer, just the right approach, which is extremely important because the right approach can bring you to the best answer to a situation, though not necessarily right for everyone.

  6. Thought your book has similar lines with
    Brutal Gang Rapist Sentenced to Prison; Media, Public Say, “But He Apologized!” and “After All This Was So 1984!” by womensspace

    sulz: well, that just adds proof to the point of the post! 🙂

  7. shomoshor said:

    hi sulz!

    i wrote a post and i want you to comment on it! how shameless i am!

    i wouldn’t ask just about anyone, though. something tells me you’ll like reading it. and i am longing to know your reaction to either the post or the subject matter of the post.

    http://shogoto.wordpress.com/tag/pet/

    do come over!

    sulz: heya, have commented and it says comment under moderation. 🙂

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