When I first heard and read the following quote from Kate McCann at yesterday’s press conference in Strasbourg, my initial reaction was that because there was no abduction therefore the McCanns could not suffer any pain.
However, there will be those in the extended family who do actually believe the McCanns version of events and this may be painful for them.
My reasoning is restricted to Gerry and Kate McCann, and I thought that evading justice was not painful.
Unlike the McCanns, I hold my hands up when I am in the wrong.
Socrates: May not their way of proceeding, my friend, be compared to the conduct of a person who is afflicted with the worst of diseases and contrives not to pay the penalty to the physician for his sins against his constitution, and will not be cured, because, like a child, he is afraid of being burned or cut: – Is not that a parallel case?
Polus: Yes, truly.
Socrates: He would seem as if he did not know the nature of health and vigour; and if we are right, Polous, in our previous conclusions, they are in a like case who strive to evade justice, which they see to be painful, but are blind to the advantage which ensues from it, not knowing how far more miserable a companion a diseased soul is than a diseased body; a soul, I say, which is corrupt, unrighteous and unholy. And hence they do all that they can to avoid punishment and to avoid being released from the greatest of evils; they provide themselves with money and friends, and cultivate to the utmost the powers of persuasion. But if we, Polus, are right, do you see what follows, or do we draw out the consequences in form?
Polus: If you please.
Socrates: Is it not a fact that injustice, and the doing of injustice, is the greatest evils?
Polus: That is quite clear.
Socrates: And further, that to suffer punishment is the way to be released from this evil?
Socrates: And not to suffer, is to perpetuate the evil?