One man’s Justice is another’s injustice- Are we really rational Beings?

This post is going to be somewhat philosophical as the title nudges! Indeed the title is the part of a quote that I happened to come across this morning while I was in the newspaper.

One man’s justice is another’s injustice;
One man’s beauty another’s ugliness;
One man’s wisdom another’s folly.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m notorious among my friends for the arguments often I get into whenever I see the topics of discussion to be irrational. In fact, the suspicious mindset I possess that made me deviate from the belief I had towards the concept of God. I never tend to accept anything in the first sight despite its hiked glorification. Rather I would delve deeply and study thoroughly before making any decisions.


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Rationality has been defined in the Wikipedia like this-

Rationality is the quality or state of being rational – that is, being based on or agreeable to reason. Rationality implies the conformity of one’s beliefs with one’s reasons to believe, and of one’s actions with one’s reasons for action.

The level of rationality is too high in human beings. We search for reasons behind everything and keep on searching for the reasons behind the reason, which makes our rationality entirely different from that of other living beings. The dog never thinks about the origin of life, The cat never cares about the existence of the God and The donkey doesn’t seem to understand the importance of Paris climate agreement. And there exist you and me who scratch over our heads over the issues that are not going to affect us anyway, at least in our lifetime!

At times rationality turns into stupidity but the stupidity factor solely lies in the eyes of the beholder. That’s what makes the rationality of you and me entirely different from each other. What I perceive when I see a new thing need not necessarily to be as similar as that you do, Reason being we got two entirely different brains. Rationality is the only reason why the concept of science does even exist. In lines of science, rationality also evolves with time. A lot of things that our ancestors had practised and attributed to pure rationality now appears to bullshit!

Draconian Laws and the rationality

7th century BC was the time when the lawgiver Draco believed to have lived. He wrote down certain laws toward maintaining peace and justice in the ancient city of Athens located in the Greece. Those laws were brutal and said to have written by using blood in the wooden tablets. most of the offenses committed by the citizens were rewarded with death penalty. For example, if you have stolen an apple from your neighbor, this crime was enough to be awarded a death sentence! A lot of rationality prevailed then were revolving around the consciousness and the fear in God. Borrowing money as debt was a big crime enough to push you into slavery! Social and economical restrictions imposed upon people according to their class division as per this law were beyond our Imagination.

When asked what made him to suggest death sentence to almost all crimes, Darco’s response said to have this one-

small ones deserve that, and I have no higher for the greater crimes

source-Ancient origins

This one simple sentence says that all..!

Advent of Draconian laws was historically a great milestone considering its written nature. With the arrival of such a harsh system, the rationality hitherto prevailed had completely got changed. People were collectively forced to accept the rationality behind these brutal laws even though it was sure that they never liked them.

Purgatory Oath

Source-Jesus by Andreas Wahra, wikimedia commons, Licence- CC-BY-SA-3.0

Purgatory oath is nothing but simply rejecting the accusations made and self proclaiming oneself to be veracious. This system prevailed in the archaic Greece as part of the draconian laws. If someone has been accused of committing a crime and submitted in the court it never meant that he is going to be awarded with death sentence. In fact, the final verdict was not in the hands of the judge but it was with the defendant itself! For instance, If you have stolen an Apple and have been presented in the court, you could have saved yourself from the punishment simply by hiding the truth!

Ironically, most of those who had been accused seemed to have valued the presence of an Imaginary God more than anything, even their lives! It cost their lives in all cases unfortunately!

Sounds Irrational?

But it was the custom to do so in those days. If someone tells a lie in the court of law, they believed it would anguish the God who lives among them. It seemed better to them to Die rather than Lie.

God and Rationality

God have always been a controversial topic. This is the rationale behind me setting a diplomatic heading for this article. You can differ with me since it is your right to find rationality in anything that you do believe in. To put it simply, I don’t believe in the so called concept of God. It seems to be irrational from my point of view. In fact, the biggest lie the world has ever produced is The God. People have faith in their own gods and every single god opposes all other Gods. I wonder what is the necessity of believing in the existence of God even in this era of technological developments! If you have the answer please let me know.

Without rationality and progressive thinking there wouldn’t have been a concept of science even existed. But we can still see many scientists and people working hard for NASA believing in something which they are sure about does not exist. That points out that billions around the world live in the fear. An unnecessary fear which prevents them from act consciously! So the question is..

contents are originally written by me,


Posted by Sathya Sankar

I am a mechanical engineer. My passion lies in exploring the depths of Science, History and Agriculture. I'm a professional blogger since last five years. I have sound knowledge in dealing with science and various academic topics.

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