Some lunch-time philosophy: How is that those who are massively corrupt or evil seem to evade justice whether in the courts or even divine justice during their earthly lives?
We have seen RM1.0-1.5 trillion in illicit funds flow out of the country over a decade or siphoned away. But how many have been caught and tried? How is it that the corrupt and those who have siphoned away public funds seem to escape most of the time? Malaysians can only shake their heads and wonder at the brazen corruption.
Well, the philosopher Boethius (480-524) believed that those who do ill will suffer more if they are not caught than those who are caught!
How? If the culprits avoid punishment, he reasoned, they will continue in their evil or corrupt ways rather than turn to the path of good. And so they will stray even farther from blessedness and ultimate happiness – the happiness which surely is the goal of every human being.
I dare say they will find it hard to find peace of mind. Study the faces of those whom you suspect of massive corruption and crimes against society. Do they look happy and at peace?
Conversely, Boethius believed that God is synonymous with goodness, and that everyone who is truly good would be happy and would participate in God’s goodness.
Boethius, a Roman senator, died at 44, executed by the Gothic king Theodoric. While imprisoned and awaiting execution, he wrote his masterpiece De Consolatione Philosophiae (The Consolation of Philosophy), a work which rivals The Last Days of Socrates.
Reference: Philosophy, 100 Essential Thinkers, Philip Stokes