Compensation Culture – true or false?

‘People look for someone else to blame for their misfortune’

I couldn’t agree more. So I’m sat here forcing myself to fully digest these pages of my Tort Law textbook. (hurrah! I’ve finally begun uni! It’s about time..) It still feels surreal that after years of going back and forth as to whether or not Law was the course for me, I’m beginning to feel comfortable with my choice. Despite the pages of reading and somewhat pretentious language that has me constantly on Google trying to define words, I feel like it’s such an incredible academic subject simply because like my A-level subjects which I throughly enjoyed, it makes me think.

Today my mind has been made to consider the benefits of the Tort Law. Basically, torts has to do with the silly mistakes we humans make on a daily basis and how it might affect other people around us. Currently, I’m reading a chapter on the ‘compensation culture’ and I’ve been having an inner debate as to whether it’s useful for us to be able to claim a redress for a wrong done against us or whether it should be limited. At some point, I feel like if we all are given complete freedom, we’d run mad and end up participating in activities which we may not even be able to recognise is harmful to us.

With the issue of human wrongs, I feel like it’s so easy to claim that someone has done something to offend you because ‘it’s all in the mind.’ If a woman can convince herself that her still born child had been ‘stolen’ by another pregnant woman and then proceed to cut the baby out from the latter leaving her to bleed to death; then it’s clear that not everything is as it seems. (Bear in mind, that scenario is from a Private Practice episode but I’m sure there are worse realities.)

Personally, I feel as though there needs to be a cap. Even though I do agree with the fact that ‘we are all born free’, there needs to be a certain level where we are able to identify boundaries and limits and not just our own – but that of others as well because at the end of the day we are all residents of the same planet and kind of share an unspoken duty to protect it. Okay, I’m sounding like an environmental activist but for real though, at some point we need to learn how to cope with the inevitable misfortunes of life and not possess the immediate belief that someone else caused our pain.

Embrace your mistakes. It’s the first step to learning to embrace others’.

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:5

Peace & Love,

T

xx

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