October 21, 2015
In ordinary language, the term crime denotes an unlawful act punishable by a state. The term “crime” does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition, though statutory definitions have been provided for certain purposes. The most popular view is that crime is a category created by law; in other words, something is a crime if declared as such by the relevant and applicable law. One proposed definition is that a crime or offence (or criminal offence) is an act harmful not only to some individual or individuals but also to a community, society or the state (“a public wrong”). Such acts are forbidden and punishable by law.
Crime is crime as far as the act is harmful to individual or society or the state. However, there are certain tricky or vacuum aspects of such given crime thing in which there are individuals who could be labeled and categorized as criminals in one given period since they have come up with critical thinking and revolutionary ideas and many people could be into their thinking, and few societies prefer to give them some kind of label such as criminals by justifying them from their given laws, articles and codes in way they could end up as criminals. The strange thing is that such societies could be found judged by the concepts such people deliver, who could be considered as criminals in one time but great thinkers in another time. Time is the factor.
One of the major articles these people are categorized is with an act of treason and something related to such given case that could make them penalize under capital punishment. It is quite strange in here that such societies break the law in order to protect their law. Unless and otherwise, such societies want to fabricate fictitious stories and evidences against such people, in reality, it is possible to protect the law by preserving the law than breaking the law. However, they use lies, tricks, and deceptions in order to justify such given people as criminals so that they come up with the end goal such as to remove them. This is one aspect of life in this world, past, present and the future too.
If crime is defined and considered as public wrong, great thinkers of our planet in past are criminals since they were doing an act harmful to individuals, society or to the state such as Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and the like due to the fact that they were considered as criminals of that given period, but in today, they are accepted as revolutionary minds and thinkers due to time factor and change or shift of mind that happened to the world by creating their own thinking society. For example, in 1999, homosexual was a crime in 43% of Latin American countries. By 2008, all countries had decriminalized it. Cuba used to imprison homosexuals. In 2008, Spain had legalized same sex marriage. In 2010, Argentina, in 2013 Brazil and Uruguay had legalize same sex marriage.
Hence, the very concept and definition of crime is something contextual and subjective and relative and is wide open to play games on people whom society or few key people of society dislike since it is not descriptive as to what an act harmful to society or individuals mean in cases when different and new practices that come in due course of time as they are found harmful at present but something useful and beneficiary to society into the future.
Society and individuals are always change resistant when new and different things are come since it is not an easy task to make some kind of detachment from what they get used to and are fond of practicing even if they are wrong, they prefer the wrong ones than the new and different, and correct and right ones. This is one of the trend and traditions that exist in this world. This is one of the inherent characteristics of every society, at all level, be it universal or local, be it civilized or uncivilized. What could vary in here is the degree to which they are change resistant in which some societies are fast to divert whereas most are rigid ones.
Why do societies prefer to label those thinkers of past or present and future ones yet to come under tag and category of crime so that what such given people think and dream might not be translated into objective reality? Why do societies prefer to reflect strong and fierce oppositions to such thinkers who change the course and fate of this world from left to right even if they could resist them at the beginning, they could not stop the to obtain wide spread coverage, not only in one given society but also to the entire world at large as history is a testimony?
Fear is one major reason in which the fear factor, the attachment people have to existing way of life create some kind of bombshell to society and they think that they are safe guarded in way that many people do share same shelter. This is one of the misconceptions many people have in this world. Does earth quake not come to one place since most of the people are Christians or Muslims or there are many prominent people in one society the like?
In reality, numbers are do not and cannot dictate the validity and correctness of any given way of life and reality since it is matter of our knowledge that truth and humanity lived with sharp contradictions in history and as many people do share one given way of life, this does not tell it is correct and true. Even the mentioned great thinkers of world in past were few in numbers at the beginning and they were considered as mad people, followers of demon and the like. As time goes by, their thinking and way of life become the exigency of their time, and in today, they have enveloped the whole earth.
This fear is the fear of losing power and authority on the side of leaders of society and the other fear is the fear of losing the current way of life could uphold to uncertainty and anxiety of on what the new and different ones could deliver on the side of the major part of society level. Both fears are attachments with the existing way of life, but their degree of manifestation and reflection is something different, which depends on how far they can go. This is one given aspect in history.
The other aspect of such fear is indeed appropriate and proper since when new and different ways of life do come, they change everything; they change vocabulary and dictionary of life in any given social dynamics. Due to misunderstanding and misinterpretation of such new and different aspects ways of life, chaos and frustration could happen in any give society. From the fear of such chaos that could happen in any given society due to distortion or mishandling of new concepts and ways of life, society could prefer to oppress the new and different ones yet to come so that the existing peaceful and calm condition could be worthier than the chaos and frustrations of the new ones yet to deliver even if they are correct and true.
Whatever and whichever types of fear do exist, when something new and different thinking and way of life is come, as far as it is truthful, useful and necessary, it gets wide spread and much coverage and many people could be into such given way of life since it has power over everything and everyone and none can control such things as history is good testimony. Whatever fear and comfort zones people create at present, good things will be on stage as there are fierce oppositions do exist and worst enemies they have as they say even God has enemies.