Doing harm to others does harm to ourselves, whether we realize it or not.
So if we know how to look at the so-called criminals, we will have compassion. Society has created them like that; they have not been lucky, they have been born into a situation where social conditions, and their parents and other influences, have created that kind of behavior, and that person is very much the victim of the situation. If we see that, we see the nature of interbeing in that kind of act, we will be able to be compassionate, and the punishment that we propose in that case will be lighter because we want justice. That’s not only understanding; that’s not only compassion — although there is understanding that has brought compassion — but that’s also justice.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh b. 1926 Viet Nam Spiritual Leader
Historical Age, Age of Reason, 1650-1950
Astrological Age, Age of Pisces 1 AD – 2000
Sun Sign, Libra