A few days ago, I received a copy of the latest Swarthmore College Bulletin (the alumni magazine) in the mail. The cover story, "Seek Justice, Love Mercy," is by a Swarthmore alum who served on the jury for a murder trial. Late in the article, she said something that keeps rolling around in my head, though it hasn't yet found purchase on any other thoughts to form any sort of coherent whole. (Let the Katamari metaphors begin!) But I keep being struck by it, so I figured I would post it here for later pondering.
Our adversarial system of justice does a good job of determining guilt but does nothing to promote healing.
. . . Unrelatedly, a different story in the same issue, "Jung Love," describes some of the origin of the Myers-Briggs personality test; turns out the "Myers" in "Myers-Briggs" was Isabel Briggs Myers, Swarthmore class of 1919. ("Briggs" was her mother, Katherine Briggs.)