“… a call had come informing the magistrate that her dog had gone missing.
“The court had to come to a standstill because the magistrate was crying for her lost dog,” said a lawyer.
“This shows that the life of a dog is more valuable than that of a person.”
He said some of the cases that were supposed to be heard on that day had to be set aside because of time constraints when the court finally resumed in the afternoon.
The lawyers accused Harrison of incompetence and demanded that she be replaced. “
I looked this story up because of the tenor of the comments and sms which were coming into the Talk Radio station. The way that this magistrate has been lambasted by the public is mind boggling. Calls for her removal, comments on her incompetence and lack of professionalism were the order of the day. Few and far between were the voices demonstrating understanding.
If the magistrate had received a call to say that her daughter was missing, I highly doubt we would have heard the round of condemnation of her actions which we were treated to.
One sms writer called the judicial lady ‘insane’. That’s right.
I’m not even referencing so-called dog lovers here. My question is: from where arises this incredible notion that human beings are automatically more important than any other form of life?
To the point that radio talk-show commentators – that’s the general public, aka you and me – can pronounce the magistrate as insane and not have that judgement questioned.
I think many of us know where this mindset comes from. It’s the ubiquitous Machine at work once more. Most people are so marinated in the culture of humans first, last and only that it really never occurs to them to question this presupposition.
We have forgotten that humankind was formed in the matrix of this planet. That the animals, plants, minerals and molecules of Earth are our very building blocks. That we are immersed in, and dependent upon, all other forms of life for our own.
Civilisation has violently disconnected humans from their natural setting, and replaced it with the – literally – mechanistic medium of The Machine, wherein all we notice, all we give headspace to and consideration for, are Man and the Creations of Man. The car, the house, the shopping mall, the cellphone – and the people attached to these creations – are all many of us are capable of considering.
We have been torn from our field of Life and we don’t even acknowledge that fact.
And no, going to the Kruger Park once a year to ‘view’ the Big Five from an upholstered hideaway is not Reconnecting With Nature. It’s a toxic mimic of it.
Who is truly insane here – the magistrate who cares so deeply for her canine companion that she must have at least the beginnings of an understanding that we are animals dependent upon other life forms, or the legions of public who have branded her as worse than a criminal?