Relative pain

Aug 22, 2013 by

The story of the person who goes into the hospital with a broken leg is in great pain and he’s really uncomfortable when he’s allocated a bed on the ward. The nurse reassures him by pointing at the man in the next bed saying “at least be thankful because he’s got two broken legs”. That may be more severe but does it really help with the pain of one broken leg?

Sorting out the relative nature of pain in the world really exercises the brain. Could anything be worse than chemically killing dozens of children in Syria in the most horrible inhumane and brutal way (whoever did it). Then compare that to some of the news stories we have at home where some child is grossly upset that their kitten is missing, there’s no comparison, but that child still has to be dealt with and comforted.

When you’re assessing levels of child abuse, especially at the moment when looking at historic cases where celebrities are accused of offences stretching way back in time, some people are arguing that inappropriate touching and mild sexual harassment is only what occurred and yet we can see the depth of pain that still lives with the victims all these decades later. It is a cliché but these things are all relative and victim input to the judicial process in assisting the courts to determine the level of guilt seems to me a crucial area that needs further development and acceptance within our system.

It may just be one broken leg, but the impact can be just as great, and the pain can be just as great, and courts deserve to hear this.

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