Ferguson: A difficult psychological analysis of our level of moral development.

Having taught morality in college for 26 years, I can tell you that very few higher education students ever got an “A” in exams on the subject of what is Justice? The subject is psychologically problematic to learn because most of the concepts involved are culture-specific! At this point, having read this first sentence, you may already ask, Dr. Kinarthy, what do you mean by culture-specific concepts? Well, I will take you through the process of learning about justice on the condition that you read my posting 3 times over and then go to Google and read what Piaget and Kohlberg wrote about moral stages of development of an individual, community or nation.

At this point if you are not offended by my “professorial” approach and decide to move on to a more “garden variety” blogs, please turn on your printer and make a copy of my posting. If you don’t have a printer, take a pen and copy the definitions that follow the story. My definitions of concepts are simple, behavioral and understandable, something I couldn’t say I found about most definitions of these terms on the Internet:

You have all read the Biblical story of Cain killing Abel in Genesis. Let me put it for you in a moral perspective: Cain’s aggressive and violent behavior was triggered by his envy of what his brother Abel possessed (many sheep),  as compared to what Cain had (a barn land that grew weed). When both brothers offered what they grew to God and God preferred Abel’s grilled lamb with its aroma to Cain’s few shoots of grass, Cain got jealous and killed his brother. God’s justice and verdict ordered Cain to leave his homeland and community and he had to go and face the first culture-specific rejections and revenge in human history:

Justice: The objective attainment of a decision of guilt or innocence in a situation based on facts and observable behavior by an appointed body of trained professionals. The British system of justice that the US adopted in 1776 does not require that the appointed body be of trained professionals, therefore, justice in the United States of America cannot be objective, albeit it is still the closest to “objective” of all the other justice systems on earth.

Verdict: The objective attainment of a decision to punish or not to punish, and the kind of punishment in a situation based on a decision or guilt or innocence as was attained by a body of trained professionals.  The British system of justice that the US adopted in 1776 does not require the appointment of trained professionals decide the justice, verdict or punishment, thus the outcome of every court case in the United States of America political, it is in the subjective mind of untrained “peer” group handling complex data.

Revenge: The emotional decision to punish a person, group or destroy property on the basis of moral realism  feeling that they deserve the punishment. 

Envy: A feeling inadequacy and a low self-esteem as a result of having an attitude that you deserve to have what other people have without working for it.

Jealousy: A feeling of inadequacy and a low self-esteem as a result of having a moral realism attitude that you deserve to take what other people have because you believe that they have taken or will soon take what you have. 

Intentionality: A positive attitude of meaning. The subjective intentional assessment of goodness or badness and the attempt of creating a positive behavior of abundance of material resources, love, happiness, health and wealth  in any situation or relationship (10% of humanity).  

Moral Relativity: The attainment of  a post-cultural specific moral decision-making process with its appropriate level of verbal and physical behaviors , in any mental, physical, cultural, religious, spiritual, political, economic and relationship situation fed by understanding of intentionality!

About Ferguson: I hope I have helped some of you to see clearly what happened in Ferguson about justice and why. The goal should be to recreate the true high-school!!

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