SEVENTH PRINCIPLE - EQUALITY OF MEN
All men are equal before the law, which must reign absolutely. (154:3)
The object of punishment is not vengeance, but the prevention of crime. (154:4)
Kings must rule with wisdom and justice; prince, peer and peasant alike have equal rights to just treatment, there must be no favour shown to individuals. A judge must be no `respecter of persons', but administer the law with strict impartiality in every case brought before him. (154:5)
If a person commit a crime against you, you have not the right to forgive him; but the law must punish him in order to prevent a repetition of that same crime by others, as the pain of the individual is unimportant beside the general welfare of the people.