I hope to start a series based on the difference between concept. Sometimes we seem to confuse the meanings of words.
After the fact view
To be honest, must of us end up doing something wrong, foolish, plain stupid, illegal, immoral or dangerous at some point of our lives.
Once this milestone is achieved we “defend” our position through a process known as justification. Through this complex and sometimes very “entertaining” process we try to explain our actions in a way that would reduce the elements like: short-sightedness, plan dumb, brain fade, and / or absolutely stupid.
As a consequence we end up trying to get other people to a place where they would admit that “under the circumstances” they would have acted in a similar or like manner. This is intended to remove some of the shame or embarrassment associated with the action we took.
If this goal is achieved we often move on – our actions explained and therefore UNDERSTANDABLE.
It does not remove the wrongness (sorry for word but is just worked) of what we did. It does not lessen the consequences of our deeds, nor does it remove the event from existence.
Before the fact view
We want to achieve a certain goal. We know it isn’t RIGHT but we can explain our way around it. We encounter the word justify again where we take some concept, idea or product and we explain it in such a way that it becomes UNDERSTANDABLE why someone would require or even need it.
Two simple examples – Cigarettes and Alcohol.
I’m not taking a political stance here – I smoke and I take the occasional drink – but is there anybody that can tell me these industries are doing something that is RIGHT?
I think that we sometimes use a situation to justify something that would be UNDERSTANDABLE under certain conditions and then apply that UNDERSTANDABLE event to applications that are completely irrelevant.
This may explain why we take something that we all agree is NOT RIGHT but skew it enough to become acceptable.
Should we then try to fix the problem, undo the wrong, confess the sin and prevent something that is not right from happening?
We all live in this world, work somewhere and live in communities. How important is – DOING THE RIGHT THING?
This is the moment where divergence, separation and division between people occur.
Some feel that as a rule we should make every attempt to make things RIGHT; others my feel that trying to make it RIGHT may cause more damage; some say – what is done is done.
What are your views in this – Please leave a comment…….