Mercy : The Mercy Is More Than Just What The Dictionary Defines It Is

875 Words Sep 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Leniency, clemency, and forbearance are three words that all mean roughly the same thing; to show compassion toward someone for whom punishment is deserved. Most people, however, know this concept by another name. Mercy.
In my mind, mercy is more than just what the dictionary defines it as. Mercy is also the act of giving of one’s self for the betterment of someone else. Mercy is the desire to help others even if you don’t know them. It’s caring for others and showing sympathy. To me, mercy is forgiving my brother for breaking my things instead of demanding restitution. Mercy is feeding the hungry instead of indulging on myself. Mercy is counseling the doubtful and instructing the ignorant instead of leaving them to struggle. Mercy is visiting the sick. Mercy is giving comfort to those who are afflicted. Mercy lets us set aside questions of fairness, justice, revenge, or even blame; it asks not what a person deserves, but what they need.
But as is true of every coin, there are always two sides to every argument. What of Justice? While the dictionary defines justice as “the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity”, I think most people would consider justice to be “getting what one deserves.” If mercy allows us to set aside justice and blame, can justice and mercy not coexist?” This is a question that has long been debated.
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