Reconsideration of JCD 1321
Silicon based computer chips work very well in binary situations but DNA can be used to store digital information based on more the “0” and “1.” DNA strands have multiple points that can be used. Computers of the future will be using “chips” of organic material, be smaller, and be able to handle even more complex things quicker.
Using this as an analogy, there are some of us who can only handle binary matters, yes/no, good/bad, (I’m) right/(you’re) wrong. So not surprisingly, facing “multiple sources of authority” is incomprehensible to some of us. In some, our “comprehension” gene is really just a silicon chip.
I’m saying that as with so many human traits, not all of us have the same genes so some of us get certain kinds of diseases, some of us are right handed, and some of us don’t like coffee. Those are built into our physiology and there’s not much anyone can do about it. I think one of those traits is the ability to think in only simple terms without the ability to expand into thinking in complex terms.
I speculate then that those asking for reconsideration in this case cannot make sense out of the original decision. That does not make them unintelligent. Intelligence has to do with a different gene. Hence, black-and-white thinkers can sometimes tolerate or agree to disagree or downplay the importance of a matter they cannot understand. Similarly, complex thinkers can also tolerate, etc. on some issues and maintain effective relationships with those with whom they disagree. But once in awhile (and in the Trump era), intelligence is not able to bridge the gap and this difference in ways of comprehending becomes a barrier to community.
Law, then, if respected, keeps us together. When Law is agreed upon, it bridges the differences and the community is sustained. When law is abused or some give up on it as having authority, that leads to breakdowns and splintering of relationships. At least the ones asking for reconsideration were hoping law would work in this case. That’s a good sign. If they can live with the result, that is a better sign.