Vengeance, the Jury, and Faith Justice, it is what separates humans from animals. There are different ways to achieve justice which differ in severity. The vengeance system typically involves revenge in the form of murder, whereas the court system is composed of a judge and a jury which give validation to either party. The faith system relies on a higher power to provide confirmation of the wronged-party’s belief in God.
These methods are all illustrated in Aeschylus’ Orestia Trilogy. Each system has their victories and faults but they all satisfy the need for justice in unique ways; however, the civil system is the most effective because it preserves the virtue for the wronged party while still providing validation. The vengeance system involves taking an eye for an eye, the process starts when a person wrongs another human being. The wronged-party then remedies the situation by committing a crime of equal or greater severity against the wrong-doer, the act of revenge usually being murder. What is most appealing about the vengeance system is the instant gratification it possesses; it is the fastest way to solve the problem.
Knowing that the wronged party can actually do something to rectify the atrocity that has been committed against them, not relying on someone or something else, aware that it all comes from inside. Vengeance satisfies the need for justice because it brings honor. Vengeance is an act of bravery, not being afraid to right a wrong. By taking fate into one’s own hands and controlling brings time. This shows confidence in oneself, by not being afraid of the consequences that may follow vengeance also brings a sense of accomplishment and respect; people take you at your word. This system does have its faults, though.
The anticipation can be hyped up and the most stimulating part of murder. The climax to murder can be over played and ultimately not live up to the wrong-doer’s expectations, making the act itself unsatisfying and leaving the wronged-party wanting more. This has all sorts of potential to escalate to something more, killing until the wrong-doer finds the release they were looking for. Killing people just for the sake of killing loses the original prestige of the first reprisal.
Murder is still murder, no matter the reason, taking a human life is immoral and has its consequences, the guilt can drive a man crazy. The blood guilt that stems from the vengeance system can cycle on to the following generations. Eventually, as time carries on and different generations act out their revenge the killing can become senseless. The most common system of justice is known as a court system: a culprit is taken to court by a victim and both testify then share their stories with an unbiased jury of their peers which is termed a justice system. In sharing both of their stories, a victim and defendant are both given a chance to explain their thought and point of view.
The jury is the most important part of the justice system because it is what makes it the most unique. Being the most important component of the court system, the jury must be unbiased and not favor or relate to one party more than another, but there is a potential for bias and unfortunately, there is no way to detect it. This means that one person can potentially effect the outcome of a trial by letting their personal feelings or past experiences influence their decision and cause a mistrial. In supporting the victim and ratifying that a crime has been committed satisfies the need for justice, the court system makes sure that the wrong-doer is punished if he is found guilty.
The power that comes from being right is similar to the power of time that comes from the vengeance system, both boost confidence but the power that comes from the courts is morally obtained by pursuing justice in a civil setting. The least used method used to find justice is the faith-based system. When the crime is committed, the wronged-party leaves the course of consequences to God. Faith-based systems provide a perfect judgment that can validate faith.
This act of justice lets the victim remain pure and innocent by testing faith and letting actions take their natural course. Being able to unload your responsibilities on someone or something else preserves the innocence of the wronged party making the faith based system appealing. Delayed gratification does not satisfy the yearning of vindication that the victim has, because the course of justice is not in the wronged-party’s hands. The punishment that is deemed fit by God may not match what the wronged party had imagined, 1 / 2 this can cause them to become bitter towards God and resent his existence.
Having faith that God will execute the proper punishment requires a discipline and patience from the victim which is why it is hardly put into practice. The court system is the superior of the three methods because it maintains innocence of the third party. It is a moral way to gain power. Persecuting through a third party provides an almost perfect justice by analyzing evidence and evaluating stories. The fact that the jury is made up of more than one person provides a balance and, in theory, creates a check and balance of bias. POWERED BY TCPDF (WWW. TCPDF. ORG).