In a previous post we discussed the seduction of Europa by Zeus. From this union she had three sons, Sarpedon, Minos and Rhadamanthus.
Europa became Queen of Crete. Rhadamanthus succeeded her as King of Crete. Her son Minos usurped the kingdom. Minos banished both Sarpedon and Rhadamanthus. Sarpedon became King of Lycia.
Rhadamanthus traveled to Boeotia. There he would continue to establish a strict justice system. Inflexible was the trademark for his justice.
After his death, he was allowed time in the Elysian Fields. After a period he became bored with the paradise since there was nothing for him to do except listen to lyre music, watch dancing maidens in flowery meadows and listen to warrior’s tales embellished after a few flasks of empyreal wine.
In discussing the situation with his father, Zeus offered him a position of one of the three supreme justices of Hades. To this he found his eternal enjoyment where he could administer his brand of justice. Also he took relish in his brother, Minos, who was one of the three judges as well, except that Minos because of his disobedience had been struck blind and his human shaped altered. Rhadamanthus felt this was fitting for his brother.
Ancient myths and legends have a lot to say about the human condition. This mythical stew of gods seducing virgins and their mighty offspring can be found in most ancient texts.
The Rhadamanthine Complex of strict and stern justice prevails even to this day. Perhaps, this what happens when humans attempt to apply cosmic laws without the wisdom of the cosmos.
An example of Rhadamanthine justice would be Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who many believe to be one of the best jurists to serve on the US Supreme Court. In 1927 Buck vs. Bell Holmes wrote
“We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
This was not justice. It was a travesty of justice to sterilize a young woman who the authorizers and jurists classified as an imbecile.
The rampant sterilization of men and women in those days spoke to a more insidious nature where survival of the fittest was legalized to purify the human race. The Nazis would take these legal precedents and use them to exterminate millions in the name of Teutonic purity. The Stalin Regime would add millions more to the ash heap of a humanity depraved of its spiritual moorings.
These dockets of atrocities demonstrate a cruelty of inhumanity. Inhumanity has manifested itself time after time on this planet traversing the cosmos.
Justice without mercy is cold and sterile. Without mercy justice is but the dark shadows of Rhadamanthus from his infernal bench in Hades.
G. D. Williams © 2013
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