Sunday, September 21, 2008

What do you do with a paedophile?

You can endless discuss the following delicate problem from a legal perspective but personally I think that a specialist in Descriptive ethics & laywer has to step in:


Where should a convicted paedophile go to after he has served his prison sentence? The city of Utrecht is currently wrestling with this question after a housing corporation won a legal action on Tuesday allowing it to terminate its rental contract with a paedophile. A judge ruled that it was 'extremely undesirable' for the man to live in the same block of flats as his victim. His apartment is a few floors lower than his victim's.

This is clearly a painful state of affairs, in the first place for the victim, whose plight highlights a well-known problem. Of course, the paedophile should not have been allowed to return to his own flat in the first place, under these circumstances. And Utrecht's mayor Aleid Wolfsen should have been informed of the child abuser's release from prison. That goes without saying. But the mayor also wants the legal power to re-house convicted sexual delinquents against their will. Is that justified?

Like other citizens, a paedophile who has served his sentence should be free to go where he wants. Legally speaking, the paedophile, like any other criminal, is free to live where he pleases once his sentence has been served.

Anonymity helps every former delinquent reintegrate into society. A paedophile becomes a pariah when his efforts to return to normal life are obstructed, especially publicly. And that means the threshold to prevent the repeat of an offence is removed entirely. A society that casts out its wrongdoers will get disproportionately more problems from them.

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Weird trees

It was Buddha who said:"A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to those who wield an axe to cut it down."

And Joyce Kilmer immortalised the grace and beauty of trees in poetry:
"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."

Here some of the most amazing and unusual trees from around the world.

Once, some 25 years ago I drank too much, and felt in love with a tree on my way home: they had to wake me up the next morning while embracing and sleeping around a tree...

Day Opening - September 21