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Justic vs Mercy/Life vs Justice

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Okay, which is more important: Justice or mercy? Justice or life?

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1: Both, in balance.

2: Life.

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TLDR: They all are. Any of the three without both of the other two don't work, they require the others to function properly.

 

Justice, Mercy and Life all require each other to Function. Justice and Mercy are counterparts, And without Life, neither can exist.

 

For Example:

Only Life and Justice: Without Mercy, there are no exceptions. If you break the Law, you are punished. You cannot redeem yourself or atone for your transgressions. The man who steals to feed his Family is punished the same as the man who steals to feed his drug addiction. This is often the Prime cause of Future Broken Utopia's like the one in The LEGO Movie.

 

Only Life and Mercy: There is no Punishment. Everyone can make a plea, and be forgiven for any sin. In this land, the man who murders for fun can be released because he claims to have changed, and won't do it again. This is a World in which the Strong can do whatever they want, free in the knowledge that they won't be punished.

 

Only Mercy and Justice: There is no Life, so this one is obviously bad. Your second question can't really be debated about, unless I'm misinterpreting what you mean by Life.

 

So as Paragrin said, You need a Balance.

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TLDR: They all are. Any of the three without both of the other two don't work, they require the others to function properly.

 

Justice, Mercy and Life all require each other to Function. Justice and Mercy are counterparts, And without Life, neither can exist.

 

For Example:

Only Life and Justice: Without Mercy, there are no exceptions. If you break the Law, you are punished. You cannot redeem yourself or atone for your transgressions. The man who steals to feed his Family is punished the same as the man who steals to feed his drug addiction. This is often the Prime cause of Future Broken Utopia's like the one in The LEGO Movie.

 

Only Life and Mercy: There is no Punishment. Everyone can make a plea, and be forgiven for any sin. In this land, the man who murders for fun can be released because he claims to have changed, and won't do it again. This is a World in which the Strong can do whatever they want, free in the knowledge that they won't be punished.

 

Only Mercy and Justice: There is no Life, so this one is obviously bad. Your second question can't really be debated about, unless I'm misinterpreting what you mean by Life.

 

So as Paragrin said, You need a Balance.

Dang. Yeah.
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TLDR: They all are. Any of the three without both of the other two don't work, they require the others to function properly.

 

Justice, Mercy and Life all require each other to Function. Justice and Mercy are counterparts, And without Life, neither can exist.

 

For Example:

Only Life and Justice: Without Mercy, there are no exceptions. If you break the Law, you are punished. You cannot redeem yourself or atone for your transgressions. The man who steals to feed his Family is punished the same as the man who steals to feed his drug addiction. This is often the Prime cause of Future Broken Utopia's like the one in The LEGO Movie.

 

Only Life and Mercy: There is no Punishment. Everyone can make a plea, and be forgiven for any sin. In this land, the man who murders for fun can be released because he claims to have changed, and won't do it again. This is a World in which the Strong can do whatever they want, free in the knowledge that they won't be punished.

 

Only Mercy and Justice: There is no Life, so this one is obviously bad. Your second question can't really be debated about, unless I'm misinterpreting what you mean by Life.

 

So as Paragrin said, You need a Balance.

Well said!

I would only add one more example to the "Only Life and Justice". This would also allow no leniency for laws broken in ignorance. It could even be considered unjust to punish someone for a law they had no reasonable way of knowing about, thus justice isn't even just without mercy.

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TLDR: They all are. Any of the three without both of the other two don't work, they require the others to function properly.

 

Justice, Mercy and Life all require each other to Function. Justice and Mercy are counterparts, And without Life, neither can exist.

 

For Example:

Only Life and Justice: Without Mercy, there are no exceptions. If you break the Law, you are punished. You cannot redeem yourself or atone for your transgressions. The man who steals to feed his Family is punished the same as the man who steals to feed his drug addiction. This is often the Prime cause of Future Broken Utopia's like the one in The LEGO Movie.

 

Only Life and Mercy: There is no Punishment. Everyone can make a plea, and be forgiven for any sin. In this land, the man who murders for fun can be released because he claims to have changed, and won't do it again. This is a World in which the Strong can do whatever they want, free in the knowledge that they won't be punished.

 

Only Mercy and Justice: There is no Life, so this one is obviously bad. Your second question can't really be debated about, unless I'm misinterpreting what you mean by Life.

 

So as Paragrin said, You need a Balance.

 

You forgot one option:

 

Life without Justice and Mercy: Obviously not a good choice, as there isn't really much. No punishment and no taking it easy. Chaos would run rampant.

(I just wanted to point out the missing option. :P)

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First off, wonderful philosophizing Joe!

Second (and without giving away any spoilers!), I can't help but think that this OP was influenced by GRRM's last sample chapter released for TWoW...

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