Last edited by Areopagitican; 04-19-10 at 10:58 PM.
Both. But mercy can never conflict with true justice.
Justice and mercy are subjective concepts. Ask the death row inmate if justice is being served, or ask the victim's family if a commuted sentence is merciful. Decisions like these always affect more than one person, and the effects on those other people must be taken into consideration.
I prefer order. Crime and recidivism can be measured, convictions can be measured, rehabilitation can be measured, and thus the effects of policies on these rates can be measured. We can know which policies uphold order because they can be measured.
I still don't get the poll's question.
Am I the only one thinking it's a dumb thing to ask?
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."