Degree VII — Questions


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Degree VII Lecture


"Those who are invested with the power of judgment should judge the causes of all persons uprightly and impartially, without any personal consideration of the power of the mighty or the bribes of the rich or the needs of the poor." — Albert Pike.

1. What is the practical value of justice?

2. What personal qualities should ideally be exhibited by a judge or member of a jury?

3. "Punishment is not the execution of a sentence but the occurrence of an effect". — Albert Pike.

a. Illustrate by example how the natural consequences of a wrong action might be construed as punishment.
b. In what circumstances may it be necessary to modify "natural" justice by "human" justice?

4. "God will not interpose between the cause and its consequence; and in that sense there can be no forgiveness of sins." — Albert Pike.

Consider whether and how this assertion can be reconciled with your personal religious beliefs.

5. "Repentance for a wrong done bears, like every other act, its own fruit, the fruit of purifying the heart and amending the Future; but not of effacing the Past." — Albert Pike.

How much importance should be given to repentance as an objective of "human" punishment systems?

6. "The power of gentleness is too little seen in the world." — Albert Pike.

Does this statement have any relevance to the causes of, and appropriate reactions to, terrorism?

7. In what respects, if any, would the views expressed in this lecture help you to become a better judge, juror, colleague, or neighbour?