Sunday, August 06, 2006

It's Not My Fault I Didn't Know


Just an interesting thought on the nature of consequence. Was talking with my friends 7 year old son about stealing and asked him wasn’t he afraid to go to prison? And he said he didn’t know because he had never been there before. For some reason I found this very profound and came to the realization that you can not grasp the consequence of an action until after you have experienced the consequence. That being said a consequence is not really a deterrent for any given action since you don’t understand the consequence until after it has come to fruition. Which lead me to believe that I don’t fear the consequence itself but rather the unknown of an event. I can imagine what prison is like or what it is like to have a child or cancer but until the consequence of the event really happens I have nothing to be remorseful of the action that caused it, since I don’t understand the weight of a decision until after the fact…..does this make sense?

A consequence doesn’t exist unless you have all ready realized it....then it is too late.


Anonymous said...

I think I can relate to where you are coming from but I do believe that even when you haven't experienced the actual consequence you can foresee its result. I would really question someone's intelligence or their integrity if they were to use the lack of a consequential result as an excuse for an action that never felt right in the first place. The voice is there, the question is do you listen?

Rocketstar said...

You may have the knowledge of a consequence from a cognitive point of view and attempt to understand it, but until you actually experience and "feel" the consequence, you can not fully understand it.

It srikes me odd that a 7 year old boy does not understand what prison is, what it looks like, how it works etc...