Evil and justice PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:47

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

“Evil exists, so justice must prevail.”  The  first part of this statement is a fact and the second part is an expression of  hope.  I came across this line in a novel and it prompted me to reflect on our current situation in the Philippines.

There can be no denying of the first part, evil does exist in our world. Evil comes in many ways and  essentially in what we do to each other and  in how we abuse the authority we are given to exercise responsibility over other people. The events in the past month in connection with the pursuit of the war against illegal drugs are vivid examples of evil. The reactions of many citizens towards these evil events do not come simply from political partisanship. No matter who sits in the chair with the highest power in  the country, if he/she encourages the kind of attitude that has been displayed so far by the person who sits in that chair, evil is allowed to flourish. The business of drugs, in whatever may be the involvement of a person in the business, is evil. The attack on Marawi in promotion of the establishment of a caliphate is evil. We need not dance around the fact by bringing up the claims of marginalization of certain groups over the years. The actions of KADAMAY in taking over housing units which are not theirs and which have  been justified by the claim that they need housing are still evil. Kidnapping for ransom is evil. Beheading of kidnapped victims because ransom was not paid is evil. We can go on and on and this article will sound like a litany of what is evil going on in our country. That evil exists is not an alternative fact; it is plainly fact.

Our only hope then to counter evil is for justice to prevail by having the guilty parties punished for their evil deeds. While just punishment is something we all believe in, we are not so united about what are the elements of  justice.

There was a time in man’s history when the concept of justice was “an eye for an eye.”  But as Mahatma Gandhi said this orientation will lead to a world that is sightless.

The concept of blind justice  is for us to remember that justice cannot be justice if it is conditioned by such things as who the victim is,  what the standing of the victim is in the community, what is the standing in the community of who carried out the evil action,  or what the repercussions might be if genuine justice is applied  to the guilty party.

Evil continues in our world. Our only hope of limiting it is for us to insure that justice  prevails.