Origins of a Mad Dad and injustice
Mad Dad, usually a misandric term used within feminine diatribe, has greater and as of yet unexplored origin, and within this definition we find the freedom to exonerate Fathers. The following is offered for reflection with no commentary. Written by Plato, statements attributed (by Plato) to Adeimantus and Glaucon (citation follows below). Thanks given, by Bob van Ee, to friends at Slate and Fray for the very timely reminder.
Adeimantus talking with Glaucon about Justice
[Adeimantus] Do you want our conviction that right action is in all circumstances better than wrong to be genuine or merely apparent?
[Glaucon]…And now for my first heading, the nature and origin of justice. What they say is that it is according to nature a good thing to inflict wrong or injury, and a bad thing to suffer it, but that the disadvantages of suffering exceed the advantages of inflicting it; after a taste of both, therefore, men decide that, as can’t evade the one and achieve the other, it will pay to make a compact with each other by which they forgo both. They accordingly proceed to make laws and mutual agreements, and what the law lays down they call lawful and right. This is the origin and nature of justice. It lies between what is most desirable, to do wrong and avoid punishment, and what is most undesirable, to suffer wrong without being able to get redress; justice lies between these two and is accepted not as being good in itself, but as having a relative value due to our inability to do wrong. For anyone who had the power to do wrong and was a real man would never make any such agreement with anyone – he would be mad if he did.
(Plato, trans. 1955)
Lee, D. (reprinted and revised 1987)103-104 Plato the Republic Penguin Books Ltd, London, England [ISBN 0-14-044048-8]