Lindsay Lohan’s plea deal with provisions for only one day in jail is undergoing some fiery attack. Did she really get off easy?
The message behind this particular question is that punishment is a sentence that can only be experienced outside of ourselves. It acknowledges only the black and white that we can see, taste and touch in the outer world, and fails to consider the goings on of our inner world. If punishment is meant to equate pain, any question about justice should consider first that the greatest pain is that which is felt in the heart.
So when we ask if Lindsay Lohan got off easy, shouldn’t we first take a walk in her shoes? Sure, those shoes are very different than yours and mine. They walk a very different life, one that is watched closely by millions, one whose mistakes are revealed under a microscope on steroids. I don’t know about you, but it seems a lot less painful to spend a few months quietly tucked away serving a very private little jail term than having all of mainstream America pointing out how badly I’ve screwed up.