Viewed holistically, Peace Officers and Corrections Officers are synonymous with Police Officers within the US Dept of Justice (from just, ius, ious = right, or law); and the Penitentiary (prison) is one penal, punitive, punishing consequence where penance might occur. A Corrections Facility.
Classically speaking though, the whole mix was magistrated by the Greek Titan Themis, a demi-goddess better recognized as Lady Justice. You saw a statue of her at the courthouse wearing a blindfold, since absolute law is undeniably objective, a frightening comfort. Themis lifts up the scales of justice by her left hand typically, while brandishing a resting sword in her right. 1st counsel to Zeus, she’s the arbiter of natural law, who together gave us: the Seasons (time), Fates (morals), Peace (eirene), and more Order from chaos (human law) as little bundles of joy. Many devote entire lifetimes to pursuit of the fulcrum, the balance of mercy and justice, professionally and/or enthusiastically. It’s a noble call.
- To the Hindu, absolute law is karma, which headed in the right direction works a bit like grace thank God.
- And even as the scales of Themis tip right or left, much debt is cancelled or good goes unrewarded. That’s the crux isn’t it?
- Themis is not to be confused with Lady Liberty though, we can all attest to that. At Liberty’s feet are broken shackles and her angelic face says it all, “at its best Dear Ones, the underlying essence of justice is love”.
So who sets the rules? like iesou that’s up for grabs too.
“Carry a laser down the road that I must travel” – Luke 18:13
Acoustic: Kyrie Eleison
Artist: Mr. Mister, Welcome to the Real World (1986)
“A just society is one built not on fear or repression or vengeance or exclusion, but one built on love. Love for our families. Love for our neighbors. Love for the least among us. Love for those who look different or worship different. Love for those we don’t even know.”
– John Legend, Family Circle (July ’15)