Excerpt from Part 2 of Justice, my 1st novel!

“In the morass of life, what is our human condition? It’s complicated at best and downright sick and disgusting at times. We can’t deny it though; this weight of degradation is inside of us all, if we are honest. I’ve been reading Socrates & Alexander Solzhenitsyn because I believe they struggled with and questioned the same things I am. What is truth? What is justice? Sometimes I think I really have a handle on it, then things happen and it all slips through my grasp like a greasy rope. Are these things that I hold so dear to my heart just vain concepts? Do we conjure up ideals of what we would like to be true and then in our minds design ways in which to support their validity? I hope not; and I do still hope. Even though I have lost another close friend; a fellow comrade in the war for justice, still I hope. I’m not sure why though – if I were to weigh out the pros and cons I’m sure the cons way out weigh the pros; but somehow it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s because I have others now to be hopeful for. Solzhenitsyn also said,

 ―It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations. With this, I cannot disagree. We are so consumed in our modern culture with the plight of human “rights” – but it is usually the people that scream the loudest for them that are least accountable to the well-being of others in society. I don‟t ever want to be like that. However, Solzhenitsyn also made a statement that haunts me all the time given my line of work. He said, ―Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”

 That just hits me right in the gut –  POW! Have I been searching for TRUTH through the lying veil of VIOLENCE?

– Ju‘s Journal,© 2009. Christiaan Keaton

November 14, 2011″

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