Sunday Reflection XI

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
— Plato

Brothers & Sisters,

For the longest time, I've been trying to figure out where I stand with these online witchhunts that just seek to destroy someone (and maybe their family at the same time). On one hand, I get it, people feel the need to be vindicated or see the abused vindicated. I get it, I understand and to a point, I agree. On the other hand, I see people going after someone before an investigation is made and just because one person said something. And while that source might be credible I guess I am wondering at what point is the line in the sand drawn between due process and vigilantism? I'm not trying to stir the pot here at all and please don't misconstrue what I am saying as "Jeff doesn't believe justice should be had" or "Jeff doesn't believe the victims." Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm all for justice and all for believing the victim but I'm also for not pulling the trigger on destroying someone earlier than necessary.

What happens if the witch hunt is wrong? Do those hundreds or thousands of people all have to apologize for going after the wrong person? How does it make all of those people any better than the person that allegedly did the wrong in the first place? And I understand some of the arguments that happen here about people not being confident that justice will ever be had because of a corrupt institution, etc. But isn't that something we should be putting our energy into? I wonder if we could move mountains on all sorts of fronts if we put the power and focus that is in these witch hunts into making society a safer, better place. Why don't we let justice and due process take it's course, hold those responsible for making sure the system works accountable for the actions they need to take and if the system is broken let's figure out how to fix that.

I guess it just pains me to see so many people filled with so much hate that they feel the need to destroy someone else because of a wrong that they did. There are more ways to get a point across and not support that person anymore and I don't think to hang them out to dry is the right course. It seems that these Trials by Social Media are exactly what we don't need these days even if what the person did was wrong. I think we could also stand to be a bit nicer to each other and do our best to avoid jumping into this pool of online justice.


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