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The very capacity to ask the question suggests that the answer there is no answer is suspect. It is as suspect as saying there is no beauty, that perception of beauty is what happens to neurons within and nothing more—most unscientific because it ignores the evidence, the beauty. The question is not whether you think or believe or act as if a mountain is beautiful; the question for you yourself is whether it is beautiful. You would not examine a mountain or other thing closely, trying to perceive it justly, looking at it over and over to see its beauty, unless you thought it might really be beautiful.

We know this is not how Truth and Justice appear. They do not touch the outcome. They do not act. We act, and if they touch us it is through what may be said to us that we attend to and understand. 32 1 Understanding Law Why does one want to understand law? Curiosity? Mere curiosity? Would that drive all the ins and outs of analysis and speculation, all the labor going forward on the detail of its form, the argument one hears, the often angry mutual criticism and recriminations of those who say they are seeking to understand it?

A friend? A good man? Someone who sympathized? Someone who wanted to help? . Where was the Judge whom he had never seen? ” With the absence of persons, the absence of caring. Voices, and individuals, are without identity, not being persons. The interrogators in the beginning of The Trial 45 46 INTRODUCTORY are in casual dress. ” None will and none can declare himself, who he is. They cannot because there can be no pure self-identification, but there can be no identification without authenticity and here there is no authenticity.

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