#PeacefulMondays: The “slow” wheels of justice

Here in the USA, citizens have mixed feelings about investigations into whether and how Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential elections. For now, there’s no concrete evidence that the interference changed the vote count in any obvious or measurable way, so it has to some extent become background noise as we go about our daily lives.

And yet explosive headlines break each day, which leads those who support the Russia probe to scream “the evidence is clear, impeach already,” while those who support the White House administration insist “nothing to see here, wind it down already.”

I’ve been mulling over why I remain engaged, and why I take this achingly slow crawl of a Russia probe in stride.

This week, a hazy childhood memory popped into my head with some answers.

The Paper Chase was one of my favorite shows to watch. It ran from 1978 to 1986. I don’t recall if I watched all the seasons, but I did come away with a keen sense of the judicial process when done right…as much as a TV show can give us one.


From the show’s opening credits:

“You teach yourselves the law, but I train your minds. You come in here with a skull full of mush and, if you survive, you leave thinking like a lawyer.”

There’s been far too much vigilante justice already, from senseless violence on our streets to questionable rulings in the courts. Let that sad fact not cloud our ability to give this serious investigation its due process. Let us not further weaken the rule of law, this already-fragile pillar of democracy.

The whole notion of democracy is under some threat:

– from foreign actors like Russia and North Korea who launch cyber attacks on Western democracies like the US and France

– from the economic rise (and therefore larger voice) of China and

– from internal divisions among Americans who have lost faith in democratic institutions like the government, the media and the rule of law.

What remains to be seen is whether this threat will lead to a dramatic shift in the current Western-led world order, whether China and its approach to global leadership will take over, or whether something else will emerge. This may not happen immediately, but the seeds have been planted and could affect the way we deal with issues of war and peace.

I have a growing reading list of books that detail these threats and (hopefully) point to some peaceful paths forward. I’ll share my thoughts on them as I go.

As for this current Russia probe that grabs American headlines where it can…

For historical context, the Watergate investigation that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation took 18 months. Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel for this Russia probe in May 2017, so if we use that as our starting point we’re only in our 5th month.

We may be living in an accelerated age of information and technology, and therefore expect everything to be resolved in a heartbeat.

But a deliberative process is exactly that. Deliberative. As dire as all this feels, with the domestic and global stakes being as high as they are, may we find our way through this judicial storm, may justice prevail and may this pillar of democracy continue to hold up.

Questions to ponder



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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a peaceful leadership advocate, spiritual biographer and soul guide, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 inspired self-reinventions. She is a global leadership veteran, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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