Crime and Punishment

Laws are interpreted differently for the rich and poor

Published on: 4 May 2015, updated May 31 2018

Is there such a thing as just and unjust? In the animal world life is all about the survival of the fittest and the human society strong lording over the week and those wanting power taking advantage over those less powerful as normal, or at least it would be if we reduced ourselves to the same level as animals.

We are in some ways the most creative species able to transform the materials of the planet into technological things and we have recognised herself as being a collection of communities, societies and civilisations to make up a collective civilisation with a moral perspective that calls for fair play and justice.

These ideas of what construes crime and punishment differs in different communities and countries around the world. At an individual level, taking the life or taking someone else's sessions is considered a criminal act generally with the larger punishment administered to those taking lives yet even here there is variance. The person taking the life of a beggar on the street will earn a lesser sentence and the life of a person of note. Yet when a government or a large organisation takes the lives of many people or industrial accident regardless of whether or not the dead are rich or poor is inconsequential. When a large corporation or government takes the positions of another community outside of their jurisdiction, this is justifiable even when the process of acquisition means killing intentionally or accidentally some of the population where resources are taken from.

The concept of crime and punishment is dependent on who commits a crime and why. The poor person stealing food will be punished, often quite severely while the corporation that denies food and resources to millions is celebrated... So all the ideas of crime and punishment are tailored to the social power structure and the law is often a political weapon.

It is only lesser people who commit crimes

Besides our need for water, food, shelter and community which are considered requirements for life and were once guaranteed under the UN Charter of human rights agreed to by most countries, we have this innate desire for happiness. From the perspective of the have-nots, those who have seen happier and while most have-nots are prepared to suffer harsh working conditions and other torments to acquire possessions, some do not wish to wait and they are the ones who are more inclined to help themselves.

Those who help themselves outside of the social framework are considered criminals yet they are no more criminal than George W Bush invading Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Because George W represents a country he is above the law even though under the chain of events that he unleashed, millions of people have died.

Countries commit crimes against each other the UN agencies are generally powerless to do very much unless the USA comes on board demanding to institute its own form of justice which usually means death and destruction for many. This is not just, it's worse than criminal, it is pure terrorism.

Yet the pickpocket on the street and the president declaring war are both suffering the delusion of unhappiness. Their unhappiness comes in the individual who has no understanding his or her mind which is the same for presidents although presidential criminality has other factors involved. Yet both believe that by taking from others they will somehow become happier and even experience pleasure.

Unfortunately such criminality always has repercussions in the form of karma. In the 1950s the USA was one of the world's strongest countries and today in twenty eighteen while it is militarily the most powerful, it is crumbling from within and has become a laughingstock on the world stage. As it begins its own death dance, it continues to try and instigate more global unrest and draw more suffering upon itself. Even the common criminal faces the same internal drama because here she becomes shunned by the very society they seek to evolve their place.

The brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December, 2012 triggered nation-wide protests and rage among Indians. The terrible nature of the assault left the victim battling grave injuries to which she finally succumbed. In the wake of this incident, the courts sentenced the perpetrators to death.

Although this solution seems justified, is law enforcement really a permanent fix for a problem that seems to be very deep-rooted in today’s society? No, says Sadhguru. As he points out, “statistics say that 96% of the rapes happen within the four walls of the house. Law enforcement never gets involved in this. This cannot be contained by law.” The problem, he says is rooted in “investing too much in the physicality of life.”

In this video, Sahdguru speaks at length about the issue of rape – why it happens and what are the most effective means of preventing such acts in society.

Further reading
The Marriage of Children
Behavioural Science
The Rise of Paedophilia
Sweden Loosing Control
Modern Slavery and Sex Trafficking
The Great Game
Our Changing World
The Down Side of Pleasure
The Cause of Suffering


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