From Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts:
There’s a truth that’s deeper than experience. It’s beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It’s an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception.We’re helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn’t always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, just as Prabaker told it to me, just as I am telling it to you.
….because justice is a judgement that is both fair and forgiving. Justice is not done until everyone is satisfied, even those who offend us and must be punished by us. You can see, by what we have done with these two boys, that justice is not only the way we punish those who do wrong. It is also the way we try to save them.
“We are the not-people,” Prabaker said happily. “And these are the not-houses where we are not-living.”
“He’s trouble, this Sapna, and the trouble will be ours, you know, because is the only property that poor fellows like us are allowed to own.”