Sunday, June 9, 2013

The need for compromise in carrying out justice


"No law and statute in the world will fulfill all of the needs of every individual. Legislated laws, like natural laws, are general, and this is their glory and their strength. The Sun emerges with its might, and if it will burn the head of some being, animal or beast, from time to time, this will not cause it to withhold its light and heat for the benefit of all…

"We sweeten the bitterness of natural law, which sometimes overpowers us, not by removing it – which we cannot and would not do – but by creating artificial solutions which enable us to benefit from their good. So, too, in a suitable way, we work when necessary and possible to enter into compromise, at the desire of the litigants. This is especially so when justice is too harsh for one side, and certainly when it is too harsh for both sides. For this we say, "Justice, justice shall you pursue – one for law, one for compromise.'"

(Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook, Igrot haRa'ayah I pg. 224 (#176))

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