Global society is controlled by powers that be that dictate almost all aspects of life. In the face of such awesome power the individual cannot but help feel powerless. The recent school shootings in Florida and the massive demonstrations demanding corrective action was all noise and fodder for the press. The entire situation has died in a whimper. Presidents and Prime Ministers act with audacity (and in a large measure, with impunity) in a brazen disregard for public opinion because once entrenched in power, they have endless means to legitimately manipulate the system to ensure their continued presence in office.
In the face of such massive power the average person has no means to even feel resistant leave lone seeking to want to resist. In this apathy lies the main strength of those who abuse power – they know they will get away with it because no one will kick up a row. The few that do voice complaints will be heard and forgotten.
It has been a time honoured tradition in common law that when the court of first instance acquits a person in a criminal trial, it will be rare indeed for the prosecution to appeal unless of course gross injustice has occurred or public interest demands otherwise. Now, in a country which purports to boast of tremendous common law tradition, has recently had the prosecution acting in bizarre style. The prosecution appealed the order of acquittal, the higher court maintained the acquittal but the prosecution went on to appeal that dismissal of appeal. The court of appeal did the unthinkable – they not allowed the appeal but imposed sentence without even considering the equity of sending the case back for review by the court of first instance.
There has been a queasy awareness in the minds of the public that the judges can seldom go against public bodies in any litigation. One wonders if this audacious turn of event is fuel to the fire.
Almost all that is not permitted is not allowed. In this statement lies the entire dictatorship of the world. In most legal domains it is said that if it is not prohibited, it is allowed. These seemingly contradictory statements summarises the fabric of how we have to live our lives. In my country for example, it is the rule that if there is no sign prohibits a U Turn, you are allowed to make a u-turn. Yet in many streets they have a sign that says u-tun is allowed. One is lost as to which of these two rules to follow.This is the dichotomy of life in almost all aspects of society, whether it be in personal relationships or in our daily way of life.
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Triumph is always said to be the pinnacle of all your efforts to reach a given goal. It appears to be measured only in terms of concrete and visible achievements. Seldom are the daily triumphs we all achieve in our routine lives ever noticed by ourselves, leave alone the world at large. We overcome fear, that is triumph. We overcome the urge to have that extra glass, that is triumph. We resist the urge to be rude, that is triumph. We control our anger in the roads at donkeys who drive like donkeys, that is triumph. These daily battles are the real arena of our triumphs.
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This is so true. I have already written about 250 pages of a planned book. I have since left it to rest for while but that while has gradually turned out be three years. Mental laziness is a dangerous animal which creeps into you and holds on so tight that you will not realise it until some one like this good person comes along and shocks you into action. You are right. I am going to go back to it and not allow myself to be sabotaged by myself.
Euny Hong suggests keeping your big goals to yourself.
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The Biblical Revelations are attempts at disclosing the undiscloseable because the entire purpose is to hide the message behind a screen until you are qualified to be able to discern the revelation when you suddenly are able to see the information. In secular life the urge to discover secrets is dramatic. You just need to know but if you are incapable of handling the revelation, you might suffer consequences in respect of which you may not have desired. Thus revelations are not easy to handle. Ask only if you can live with it. Sometimes you are better of without knowing some truths. A revelation can be a nasty animal.
One of the most exasperating experience is asking your lawyer what are the chances of your case succeeding. Extracting your tooth will be relatively easier when compared to getting a straight response to this question. The perambulations can vary from it depends on which judge is going to preside, how you perform in court, what facts the other side is going to produce, how the submissions will impress, how the jury (in a jury trial) will react. These can be true factors in determining the outcome of a case but the outcome of a case can surely vary from certainty ( of the case being totally winnable) to fifty fifty to slim. But rare indeed is the brave lawyer who is prepared to take a stand on on any one of these outcomes. Most lawyers will not agree with this opinion but ask any layman of their experience of a lawyer and see for yourself.