Hi all, I thought I'd put forward a question which is philosophical in a way, and would like to hear your reasoning behind your ideas of this topic. The opinion that you share does not necessarily have to mean that you would act that way in that circumstance, or that you even condone certain actions, but would like to ultimately conclude how justice and retribution work.
Recently I've found that friends were having bad experiences with a landlord. Understandably, it could have been their fault or the landlord's fault, but they did what they had to do and moved out as quickly as they could. They had to leave their pet cats behind to come and fetch them the next day. In this time, when they arrived the one cat's jaw was broken and nose was bleeding, and the other cat was hiding behind the burglar bars not wanting to come out.
The landlord said that a dog attacked them, but when they took the cat to the vet they found no puncture marks, and were so abused by the landlord over the time that they were staying there that they felt that this was just one last slap in the face. The cats were never in any contact with any dogs before for the year that they lived there, and had never been in any fights before.
So, after that long winded explanation, i had the discussion with my wife and mused at how justice worked. I don't believe in any hidden forces that measure good and bad, and i doubt the police would be too concerned about a cat being beaten without much evidence. My wife said that i should stay out of the situation because the landlord would get what is coming to him, but i don't believe in that kind of justice. I don't see bad people paying unless good people speak up or take situations like this into their own hands.
I struggle with the buddhist way of life because i find it hard to care about people that act so abusive and cruelly, and say that no authorities do take any action and the landlord gets away with kicking the poor animal and it doesn't affect his conscience either, because in his world view he was correct to kick the animal as payback, how would you feel about the situation and how would you handle it after all the other options were wasted?