As society becomes more sophisticated about the gamble litigation is, leveraging the concept "justice" makes lawyers seem, well, a bit like cons. Several weeks ago, in snail mail came a large packet about the law firm's client seeking justice. The request was that I blog on that. I rolled my eyes. Hold the justice rhetoric. Take the time to explain the strategy in detail. Perhaps then I might give some attention to the "cause."
Unfortunately, human beings are victims. They have, to use that anachronistic rhetoric, been treated "unjustly." They lose their case. How can a caring lawyer address that?
Well, that depends. There is a growing percentage of Americans who believe in the concept of reincarnation or life as a long-term contiuum of learning lessons. When that process is over, the human being doesn't have to be reincarnated again. Meanwhile, learning those lessons can be a brutal go-around.
If the victims buy into reincarnation, then lawyers can reassure them that the suffering will be atoned for by the miscreant. If not in this life, maybe the next or the one after.
Years ago, in a corporate job, the head of the public affairs department blocked promotions for me. In those days, sure, you could have fantasies about suing. More likely, you just picked up your game and tested out how you can play it better elsewhere. On the Internet I read that this man died. I smiled. Now let the unique kind of spiritual justice begin.
But how about victims who don't believe in reincarnation? Lawyers might introduce the global meme of forgiveness. It has been proved out in regions such as South Africa, U.S. prisons, and the spiritual centres replacing traditional religions. Here is insight about the power of forgiveness, published by The Economist.
Displaced and unhappy lawyers might consider recycling themselves as the new kinds of spiritual minister. They might have studied law for idealistic reasons. As ministers they can return to that mindset. Who knows, they might make it big in that niche.