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Thoughts on crime and punishment.

I was doing some thinking about Traipahni crime and punishment, and as a result, some interesting thoughts occurred to me.

At the heart of Traipahni philosophy is the knowledge that all people are children, no matter how much they've aged. I could possibly be biased, being an ageplay little and an Ahnabahn (Priest/ess) of Nahtahdjaiz (child goddess of children), but it rings true. All people, no matter how old they are, are children. Adults are not a thing separate from children. We are all informed by our childhood, and the healthiest (mentally) among us still maintain the best positive attributes of childhood. We still play, and relax, and have a curiosity about the world, among other things.

But along with those positive attributes, there are also negative attributes. Selfishness, forgetting the rules, losing our rational minds in the heat of emotions. Emotion is a good thing, a necessary thing, and only a fool would deny it. But emotions must be tempered with reason.

The people of Traipah would be shocked at our culture's education system. The schools on Traipah emphasize values above all else. They teach how to behave, and why. They teach compassion, understanding, empathy, and reason. These lessons are reinforced throughout the years of school. And they teach critical thinking, creativity, and resourcefulness (well, they try at least). That, and the equitable way their society is set up, makes for a society where the poorest of the poor still have food and shelter. The desperation you see on Earth is not there, on Traipah. Because the schools teach oneness, and community. This, the fact society provides for everyone's needs, and the lack of a nudity taboo, eliminates most of the reasons for crime to happen in the first place. Drugs are also legal, as long as one does not do them while operating heavy machinery. Addictions are treated, when they occur. But because of the way their society is set up, very few people are allowed to get that bad. For all their "liberal" qualities, Traipahni society still expects everyone to find a way to contribute to society, and helps those who struggle to do so. Laziness is, after all, a form of selfishness; a little is normal, and natural, but too much is a problem. Free health care and free psychiatric care helps those who have a difficult time contributing, and if there truly is no way for a person to contribute to society, it is not held against them.

Selfishness is a mistake to be corrected. Greed is a mistake, as well. Hoarding wealth out of greed, at the expense of other people and society at large, is - on Traipah - considered a mental illness, to be treated. The super-rich of our society, were they to do the things they do here, on Traipah, would get them incarcerated and put into rehabilitation, and much of that hoarded wealth seized and returned to the society at large. The wealthy are expected, by Traipahni society, to use their wealth to better society, to help raise everyone up. And they are taught the practical reasons why, as well as the values reasons. This is not to say one can't have luxuries! Luxuries are a reward for being successful enough to have earned them. But always, one is expected to be mindful of one's duty to society, for without society they could not be so wealthy. And so they are expected to be modest, reasonable, in their luxuries. No solid gold toilets or diamond encrusted dog collars, for such extravagances would be considered obscene. You would disgust more people on Traipah with a solid gold toilet than you would with a public flogging that drew blood.

Crimes are always thought to be the result of some error in judgment, or some mistake in one's thinking. Even rape and murder carry the sentence of rehabilitation. Their crimes are also talked about, and they feel the sting of society's judgment, the hurt of all those people disappointed in them. They ought to have known better; they are grown-ups, and have been around long enough to know the rules. If one has done something to get the justice system involved, it is like being a misbehaving child, feeling the shame of your peers and loved ones.

There still exists a death penalty for some crimes, but it is reserved for those that have been found to be without conscience. Only those who can never be redeemed are excised from society in that manner. It is done, even then, with the utmost sorrow.

The people of Traipah look at human society with a mixture of amusement and disgust. The most charitable of Traipahni individuals consider humans to be a race of wild children with very little self control.

If what I have described here is socialism, then I say BRING IT ON! For this is what I wish Earth would be like.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1083809.html
You can comment either here or there.

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kengr
May. 14th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
One problem with your social design is that there are people won't *be* ashamed. People who (simplification) can't wrap their minds around the concept "I was wrong".

Those and similar "cognitive disorders" mean that *any* society is going to have wrongdoers. At least any society that doesn't coerce "right thought" (which in and of itself makes it a sick society as far as I'm concerned).

fayanora
May. 14th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
You're assuming human cognitive disorders and the like are the norm.

Besides, I'm sure they could deal with wrongdoers.
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