“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a series of childrens’ books that were written by C.S. Lewis. Lewis wrote the books to illustrate stories from the Bible. In reading the stories, I also see some analogies to the law, because the stories deal with right and wrong.
In one scene, talking beavers (imagine that) are describing Aslan the Lion to three newcomers, who have arrived to the realm of Narnia. In anticipation of meeting Aslan, previously described throughout the story as both fierce and loving, the newcomers ask questions that reveal their fears.
“Oh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” asked Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver, “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
In the story, after the three had met the King, Lucy notes that the Lion’s paws can be soft or terrible. Soft as velvet when the claws are in, or sharp as knives with the claws extended.
Yes, this is a childrens’ story. Still it also reminds me of the courtroom. Almost everyone goes to court with some fear, including jurors. The courtroom can be scary for criminals because that is where sentencing takes place. The courtroom is a place of accountability.
In Civil cases, the courtroom can also be a place where a person can go with their claim. A place where ”fixing” occurs. Juries can fix, help or make up for harms that have been caused.
And for pic o’ day, I stick with a bit of funny from my Mom:
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