Quote of the day

December 13, 2018

Threats are the last resort of a man with no vocabulary. – Tamora Pierce who celebrates her 64th birthday today.


Quote of the day

December 12, 2018

Of all lies, art is the least untrue. Gustave Flaubert who was born on this day in 1821.


More law less trust

December 11, 2018

The ODT”s Weekend Mix  had a profile of Otago University law Professor, Mark Henaghan. It’s not online but concluded with this:

The law tends to reflect society’s values, Prof Henaghan replies.

“There’s a wonderful saying by an American philosopher, ‘In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be duly enforced.’

“Because in a way the more law you have the less you have to trust people.

The less you trust people, the more distrustful they become and so the more law you need in order to trust them. “

A good society would not have too much law, because people would do the right thing he says.

But in New Zealand we have a lot of law.

More law less trust, less trust more law, more law, less trust  . . .

Sad but true and even more so if read with this morning’s quote of the day from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.

When people don’t recognise the voice of their own conscience they don’t recognise the voice of justice and we have less trust and we need more law and then we get less trust. . .

 

 

 

 

 


Quote of the day

December 11, 2018

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who was born on this day in 1918.


Quote of the day

December 10, 2018

There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. – Rumer Godden who was born on this days in 1907.


Quote of the day

December 7, 2018

It’s a serious matter, the pinkification of girls – Anne Fine who celebrates her 71st birthday today.


Quote of the day

December 6, 2018

All things must fade. There is for cities tall
The same tomorrow as for daffodils:
 – Arthur Henry Adams who was born on this day in 1872.


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