Sentences to ponder: mercy or justice?

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Eve Tushnet, from a list of 5 things the disease model gets wrong about addiction:

It isn’t mercy. If someone genuinely did not choose to do wrong then compassion for that person isn’t mercy—it’s justice. And conversely, if you can only have compassion on someone if you believe she did not choose her misdeeds, then you’ve defined mercy out of existence. You’re not forgiving—you’re saying there was never anything to forgive.

Eve Tushnet in 5 Things the Disease Model Gets Wrong About Addiction


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