Trial of the Century
Manila, PH - Today, we heard the sentencing of Lord Fernandez who was convicted for the crime of corruption of his true self and purpose. The trial was initiated when Fernandez published a blog post entitled “Confession”.
The prosecutor’s case was primarily built upon Fernandez’s confession. Here, we quote Fernandez.
“I confess to the crime of corrupting my own self. I woke up today not recognizing the man in the mirror. I look tired from carrying the burden of all the material possessions that I have acquired through the years.”
During the trial, the prosecutor paraded Fernandez’s possessions: multiple mobile phones, tablets, laptops, suit cases, phone cases, cameras, etc. All those possessions would have filled up Alibaba’s cave of treasures.
When Fernandez took the stand, he was asked by the prosecutor how he ended up amassing this much junk.
“When I was young, I did not have money for toys. Because of this, I could not join the boys in our neighborhood when they played with their toys. When I earned enough money to buy the big boys’ toys, I bought them. Every gadget I bought was my way of buying my place in the cool boys' clique.
“You committed bribery for acceptance.” The prosecutor proclaimed.
The public opinion on Fernandez was split. Some of them think he’s a monster while others think of him as a victim. When the guilty verdict came, even those who were sympathetic were not surprised.
Everyone expected the judge to throw Fernandez in jail but that sentence did not materialize.
The judge’s ruling today read:
“Lord Fernandez. It is odd that we even had to go through a trial when you practically plead guilty to the crime. I am glad we did have a trial because it was enlightening and helped in determining your sentence for this so called crime.”
“In front of me is a broken man. You clearly have done a number on yourself.”
“What is the appropriate punishment for someone who is already suffering?”
“As judge, my ultimate job is to uphold justice. You admitted your crime. You have corrupted yourself and your confession is a cry for help.”
“As such, this is your sentence. Every day, look at yourself in the mirror. Tell that man, you are enough. The clothes on your back, the hair on your head, your voice and every cell in your body, your mind, and your heart make you whole. Every time you find the itch to acquire another gadget, or car, or house to buy yourself into someone’s acceptance, repeat unto yourself these words, ‘I am whole. I am enough’.”
The judge then stood up from his podium and approached Fernandez. The judge laid his hand on Fernandez’s shoulder and asked him to stand up. The judge hugged him tight. When the judge let go of Fernandez, he said these words, “Today, you have been judged with kindness. Remember that the next time you judge yourself harshly.”