My most cherished action figures in the entertainment world have been archers. Their pursuit of quarry entails perfect accuracy. The arrow and its manually-propelled cousin, the spear, must land on point, in order to be effective. So must it be with those seeking justice.
In a matter that has drawn the attention of some who are investigating sex trafficking in this country and in other parts of the world, an unsettled man has chosen a delicate moment to renew charges of cannibalism in the U.S. food supply, charges which were raised, and swiftly debunked, in 2014. This is, simply put, a time when many have raw nerves. Many want to believe the most lurid of charges, perhaps as a salve to their more concrete insecurities.
Baha’u’llah teaches us to investigate truth independently. This is hard for human beings, especially those who crave approval. It is hard for others, in a different way. People who see things through a different lens than most, also need to have at least SOME others take their views seriously. So, we see those who view life as to be lived independently, without a group determining what goes and what doesn’t, finding high crimes and misdemeanours as being committed exclusively by liberals and progressives. Those who believe that life needs to be lived collectively, see conservatives and reactionaries as the villains.
What actually seems to be the case is that there are heroes, and villains, on both sides of the aisle. Rather than ideology tripping up an individual, it is one’s view of self that brings a person down. There are elitists and miscreants, galore, all along the political spectrum. No ideology is a guarantor of sainthood.
My own view, such as it has evolved over the years, is that justice needs to not so much be blind, as to be laser-focused. There are conspiracy tales afloat that have turned out to be true, debunkers who are fraudulent and vice versa. Much in the mainstream is verifiable; other parts of it are sheep fodder. Some of what seems insipid balderdash, turns out, upon closer examination, to merit a closer look.
In the past two weeks, I have listened to claims that, six months ago, I’d have dismissed out of hand. The Epstein affair changed a lot of how I view such matters, though there is still a smell test that needs passing. The most odious behviour in the world is the sexual abuse of children and teenagers. Close behind is sexual abuse, in general, followed by the practice that engineers both: Human trafficking.
All three merit the most intense and unrelenting investigation and prosecution. All three have no one, amongst their perpetrators, who is above the law. The point of the arrow and the tip of the spear should find their way to any deserving target. ( I mean this figuratively, of course. As tempting as it is to put pedophiles and sex traffickers out of their misery, we must maintain the rule of law.)