Many people are very quick to judge others and enforce the judgment that seems appropriate to them. However, not many waste a thought or two about the actual purpose of judgement by reason. Funny enough, it happened to be in a book about a race of two captains to become "King of the seas", in which I found a comprehensibly explanation by one of the characters named Praioslob. In his belief, the purpose of a judgement is fourfold:
- The sentence is to prevent the criminal from committing further crimes.
- The judgement should not only prevent the perpetrator, but also all others from committing further crimes. The fickle ones who do not love justice from their heart should realize that injustice is not worthwhile. This also presupposes that the witnesses of the punishment are able to recognise a connection between the sentence and the crime.
- The judgment is intended to preserve legal peace. Punishment should also be of benefit to citizens who are of righteous heart and need not be persuaded to remain on the path of virtue. It should make it clear that justice always wins in the end. That it is worthwhile to trust in the good. That the one who acts honestly and is a blessing to his fellow is in the end also the one who acts wisely and receives the blessing. Again, a connection between sentence and crime must be recognisable for the witnesses.
- A crime violates justice as such. Regardless of what it inflicts on the victim or the community, it strikes a spiritual wound. The order of the world is damaged. And like any wound, it needs healing. Or like a pair of scales that are out of balance. What has happened must be compensated. Those who have been robbed must get back their property or an equivalent replacement. Atonement must also be made to bring things into balance. Both in the right measure. The community must feel that justice has been restored.
And everyone should keep in mind that secrecy is an enemy of truth. Only she who knows everything can judge fairly and only the law can end the chain of injustices.
These explanations came in a dispute with Zidaine - an outstanding female warrior who suffered serious injustice as a child and who has since taken the law into her own hands to take revenge on her tormentors. For me personally, this dispute was one of the best part of volume 7. If you have any thoughts in this, please feel free to leave a comment. And for everyone interested in the books, please DuckDuckGo for "Die Phileasson-Saga" by Bernhard Hennen.