Do they really sleep at night? Are they not haunted by the memory of their victims’ helplessness? Or do they reach a calm state after settling scores with an enemy, with the satisfaction of having dispensed justice? Each criminal is settling a score — against poverty, injustice or the system that failed to educate him/her on the laws of peaceful existence. The system punishes them for their sense of entitlement, lack of empathy and ethics. It is a battle of mind-sets, fought with different strategies.
Is ‘free will’ really free? Can it negate the rights of others? We cannot escape from the responsibility to maintain the entire structure, or deny the ‘embeddedness’ of our being in the structure. Every thought or act impacts a part of the world.
deny the myth of free will.
I am entangled
and will remain so, till I
learn to live in a vacuum.
Haibun inspired by Weekly Writing Prompt-85 at