Monday, February 28, 2011

Nullification as a process (#759)

What is nullification? "1. The act of nullifying; a rendering void and of no effect, or of no legal effect. 2. removal."-Wiktionary. What has the process of nullification have to do with anything? It is one of the most profound options available to any right thinking human when an action that is sanctified actually creates a harm. The best of intentions can never see all the possibilities of occurrence, thus one size fits all does not really exist. It is in the times when a situation has circumstances beyond the limits of a prescribed remedy that we look to nullify the particular remedy in lieu of some other outcome. It is our way of determining if the remedy is suitable and/or fair to the resolution. The most well known nullifications exist within the legal operation of our justice system. However, nullification can also exist in the realm of politics and philosophy. Whenever we are wise enough to see that changes in our world have eclipsed the intent of a recognized practice, we should nullify that which exists to bring about a better remedy for resolution. Often times it is up to ordinary citizens to recognize abnormalities within our society and through the process of nullification, stand up in the face of the wrong and deny it from happening. I bring this subject up not within a point of legal context, but in our daily lives when we assume that since a practiced behaviour is the accepted way it may not sit right within our souls for the sake of morality. In other words, some things are just obviously wrong and we must force ourselves to take a stand against them. In society we are told many things and also told how we should react to those many things. However, in our own minds, hearts, intuitions and gut instincts we may not hold to what the conventional wisdom appears to be. It is then that we must trust our own sense of ethic about right and wrong and not those which are more boilerplate than individually different. We live in a community with each other but we are individuals who do that and trusting who we are to rationalize right and wrong is our own individual decision to make.

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