Media a farce? A question on balancing Morality and Law

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Few days ago, I came across a news headline stating “4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants” in Times. It was an eye-catching heading. Surprisingly the details of article gave another preview that the four women were convicted for entering a national wild life refuge without a permit. Also, a part of the claim states “entering and leaving personal property or possession”- possibly referring “leaving water”.

Firstly, the catchy headline made us to believe the four aid workers were convicted for leaving water for migrants. However, the existing fact was not as it was described. This is a method among many other where the media make us read their content.

Often times, we argue that media is the fourth estate or in other terms the fourth power of the state. All other powers, other than media, are subject scrutiny. However, media has been an untouchable blame-maker in the society. Debatable!

Secondly, the balance of morality and legality is a great debatable topic in the legal fraternity. When we apply it here, we can argue that entering the wild life without permit is a crime where giving water for a needy is legal and morally right. However, in the scenario, the aid workers had to breach a law in order to provide water. Is there any imminent threat to the lives of the people if the water is not being distributed? Undoubtedly, water is essential.

There are two stages to scrutinize this standard: in the parliament, when making the law and by judiciary, when interpreting the law. In the former authority, the laws of parliament should reflect morality and justice. It is one of the profound standards that laws that are to be governed the state of affairs of its people should be morally right.

If a parliament makes an unjust law, the legitimacy shall be questioned. Attempt to challenge the legality of such laws often arises with a breach of such law where a judge, who have no power to make or repeal law but to uphold law, would not have much choices but to enforce the law of the parliament or will of the majority of the people. Even if the judges are empowered to strike down such laws a society where there is no consensus on good morality, the judges cannot determine legality and morality of laws.

Morality differs society by society.

 

 

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Half and Half: Footstep in Sand

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According to Rumi Love is to fly to a secret destiny by steps without our feet.

I just thought of sharing this photo of mine on a white and sandy beach and the famous poem on this week’s subject.

And here we go with the famous poem on footstep, the Foot Step in Sand.

Footstep in Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only one set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life.
This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.
“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints.
I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”
-Margaret Fishback Powers- 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

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Lock: The Ultimate Limit

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Lock provides protection and emphasis limitations

Every Day life we see lots of locks and latches emphasising us the limitation our life; where can we go, where should stop proceeding further.

We could say that it’s a command by the authority that it doesn’t wish anyone further through it without prior permission. According to John Austin, the famous philosopher, if you break a command prescribed to you by an authority, you will be penalised.

Everyday life we have limitations. We do not have permit to access to lands and properties that belong to others. We do not have authority to open luggage that belongs to others. We do not have authority to use a motorbike or a vehicle that belongs to others, even if the the key is in the keyhole. We do not have authority to use other’s mobile phones.

The limitations imposed are to protect property, life, reputation, and rights of others and the society.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Symbol.”

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My Muse: Sunrise

Sunrise at Raalhugandu, the famous surf point in Male’, the capital of Maldives, is one of the best place to watch beauty of the world.

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A New Dawn: Even the Dark Disappears

Even the dark disappears.

Even the dark disappears….

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Prisoner: A Great Movie

Last Friday I watched a movie called Prisoner. Prisoner is about how a father of an abducted daughter tries to find the culprits. Upon freeing a suspect the father kidnapped him, and tortures to find the truth about the abducted daughter.

The characters are mainly the detective and the father where the film is depend on how they unveil the truth on the abduction.

The detective was very patience and not emotional. But, he was very much influenced by his senior. I often think that detectives should not be forced or shall they be influenced when they investigate such kind of cases. Nevertheless, they should be directed on the right paths. It would be the investigator who will think about the case every now and then. The seniors will need only the result. They would not mind on how the results are attained.

A friend of mine, who watched the movie with me, asked if whether the father was morally right in kidnapping and torturing the person to obtain the truth. We  had a good debate over the topic.

He believes that if the father had done so, the detective will not be able to find the truth. And the procedures of police and criminal proceedings will be unbalanced.

Those procedures were established to maintain the innocence of the people. Most of the constitutions are made up or most of the countries do believe that no person shall be arrested or detained for any alleged offence unless there are substantial evidence to believe that he may have committed the crime. Police shall not be mandated nor shall be given the power to detain anyone on their discretion.

On the other hand, no one shall be subject any harm or torture. Police shall not use force nor any way to “utter confession” from the accused.

I believe that evidence shall be collected legally, and no one shall be subject to torture for even in any heinous crimes. Sometimes, the accused may not be the wrongdoer, but he may confess during the interrogation due to inflicting severe pain and suffering.

This was an unpublished post of September 2014. 

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Wake Up Early- Go Run

My New 3o-Day-Challenge

I am a distance runner-yes, my furthest run is 13 KM in 1 hour 26 minutes. But it was in 2016.

I started running in 2013 when the doctor prescribed me drugs to lower my bad cholesterol level. However, I did not take the meds for more than one week, instead I headed to the running track.

I was very fearful on cholesterol level and the possible sequences. Therefore, I took some home remedies (Ayurveda). It consisted of Apple Cider Vinegar, Onion, Garlic, some Ginger and galangal extracts, and roots of Akarakara. A Maldivian Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner prescribed it for me. And it worked. The total cholesterol level dropped from 270 to 230 within 60 days without any meds.

Along with it, I used to go for jogging every morning. I did not maintain a special diet but I abandoned eating deep fried foods. It was easy.

Also, I went to gym too. But my gym buddies were not regular. Therefore, I had to quit going gym after the expiry of the first month subscription. It was like $50 dollars per month with no instructor.

Later, I went on jogging on myself. I did not rely on anyone to tag on. It is an advice: never rely on anyone on jogging. Even if you are to tag some one, set a time and start on the agreed time, never wait for your friends to come.

I read few articles on running. I focussed on how to avoid injuries. At first I could not complete more than three Kilometres. Within a month, I could finish five Kilometres in 45 mins.

Running with music is at your choice. Most of the times I wear headsets. I only listen to the cheering and run data of NikePlus which are set to give on each Kilometre intervals. Sometimes I hear people passing calling me. I do not turn my face, I pretend that I did not hear it.

Throughout these years I did not had a planned run guide. I had long breaks. Sometimes two months sometimes four months. As a result I was 91 Kg in August 2018. But it is reduced to 88 now.

Now, I decided as a new year resolution to pursue on a running schedule. I would go jogging 5 days a week and swimming on 1 day and rest on the next day. So as usual I wake up early in the morning around 5 a.m. I do my early morning prayers and I go jogging. This is my 30-Day -challenge.

 

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Hassan and Amir Agha- The Kite Runners

My bookshelf contains more text books and non-fictions than fictions. Most of the fictions I buy will be untouched for months. Among them, the collection of Khaled Hosseini has been left untouched for couples of months. I bought his collection from a visit to India on December 2016. However, until this year I haven’t opened the collection.

Many friends talk about Khaled Hosseini and his first story about the Phastuns and Hazars, The Kite Runner. The theme of the story may not be this- I do not want be a spoiler.

I have read almost 75 of the 300 page book. What I know about the book is it is a fiction. His imagination to different stories of life is fascinating. I know imagination has no boundaries. And imagination is free. I am inspired by his method of story telling.

As I said before, I am not going to tell about the story, but through out the pages many thoughts were swirling in my head.

Each an every part of the world the human race or a part of the society has been enslaved the other. The Apartheid System in South Africa, the Holocaust, the Sunnis and Shia fight, the superiority of Brahmins in India, the fight between West and East Pakistan, the crimes against humanity committed by the Serbian Forces, the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya, the Tamil-Sinhala fight and may more to count.

What was wrong with the human races. Just this fiction has taken my thoughts on all over the world.

Looking forward on what was remaining on the heart breaking story.

 

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Happy New Year

I wished to start blogging again in 2019. Unfortunately my computer got motionless and have to spend hefty amount of money to repair it. Finally, I managed to come back, as a new year resolution.

On this brief, I thought of telling you that I managed to read several books. Many educational references, fictions and non fictions too.

Among them, the best non fiction is that I have read two great books in last month. Those are “Who Will Cry When You Die” of Robin Sharma and The Subtle Art of Not giving a F* by Mark Manson.

I learned many life lessons from these books. Many of the lessons are known before but have not identified as it is explained on those books.

However, those life hacks explained in the book may not be practical. Because we know it is easier to give lectures on law at law school than applying law in a court of law.

Happy New Year to you all.

 

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I write for myself

It has been more than a year since I posted my last blog post. Today, I’m back with another wisdom in me: that I will keep on writing for the rest of days as long as I never decide to end up blogging.

I wonder sometimes is there anyone to read my thoughts. I’m a writing interesting stuffs for readers? Do I have a writing style? Lots of question floats while I write this post. However, my mind never stop its imagination. Thoughts which come across my mind, sights which passes and often saves in my mind and my perception that creates the patters of my mind gives one reflection. Yes, thoughts are mine.

I write for myself. I’m back again with this  thought in my mind.

Here is a beautiful poem I found on twitter which made my day.

“Cover me with soft earth.. Jasmine, lilies and myrtle; and when they grow above me.. they will breathe the fragrance of my heart into space.”

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