Last week I participated at the “Cultural Chats at the Faculty of Law” having as guests a philosopher, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Culture, Mr. Andrei Pleșu and a priest, father Marchiș, at the most beautiful church in Bucharest.
Thanks to my well educated colleague, who offered me his seat and stood for the rest of the conference, I managed to write some ideas.
Justice and Love. Are these concepts linked in any way, do they derive one form another, do they have a common purpose, is it all about reason or about heart? The guests tried to answer these questions in a friendly and humorist approach. It is true, I listened more to the philosopher, which, from the very start means that, in my opinion, and this is maybe because I am a lawyer, reason comes first. Spirituality comes after.
Mr. Pleșu’s advice was not to mix the concepts, which in Romanian sound very culinary (let’s not mix the jars), not to leave room for unnecessary sentimentalism in the field of law. That the concept of law means actually order, a well arranged display, which makes the universe be more than just a collection of norms. The purpose is not to endanger the world, which is set in a certain order and which is. Because order is beautiful, the world is beautiful, because it is in a certain order.
Actually, he referred to cosmos as being beautiful and how the concept etymologically became cosmetics.
The he expressed his bewilderment of discussing of justice in an amphitheater with law students and specialists in the field of law. Nobody laughed. I found it subtle and sour.
Father Marchiș said that the source of justice is the wisdom of God and that God is more content if one makes justice rather than just respects some rituals.
Then the guests asked some rhetorical questions: how do you judge and forgive at the same time? How much forgiveness is there in the judgment? I am thinking of my opinion on becoming a judge and every time I would ask myself if I wanted to follow that path something within me told me I cannot judge. Even though I am not the most religious person, and if we were to call God, whether he is Allah or Buddha or God, the sacred, then only the sacred can truly judge. So I became a lawyer.
Many times blamed by the society, called greedy and avid for fame and money, the lawyer is someone who performs a job like any other job. He strives for the rights of his client, he is not just somebody defending murderers or child abusers, as many think. Being a lawyer is a great responsibility and is a profession that has to be performed with pride and honour.
Mr. Pleșu continued and said there are sharks between the fish and snakes between animals and beasts of prey, but what is important is the belief in the justice of this recipe.
This is how I see the world of lawyers. The only difference is that you have to be strong as a shark, a snake, a beast of prey in order to succeed and to persevere, but at the same time, always remember the purpose of justice, of love and forgiveness, to remain candid and fragile in the inside. Because Law without Love is empty.
Referring to a story he compared laws with beautiful girls and asked whether law can be discussed with? Not in the sense of negotiation, which would deprive them of their very purpose, but in the sense of establishing a relation with them?
The discussion drifted to the eternal antagonism between thought and feeling. Is the positive thinking the opposite of thinking? The attitude of being in control is a form of imbalance. Also, the burden of a mistake does not have to lead one to desperation either.
Mr. Pleșu seemed to understand the turmoil of the legal profession. Religion says “do not judge”, but the lawyer had to judge, but how? Without judging. Actually judging, but leaving space for a higher judgment. Is there a judgment of God parallel to yours over which you have no control?c
The conclusion was the ones seeking absolute justice shall actually make the biggest injustices. Unhappy the rightful, as they shall split babies. Now I understood where the concept of “splitting the baby” comes from. Isn’t law just beautiful?