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The Wheel

The Wheel is the hottest new thing in the world of punishment. Its genius lies in its simplicity: it hurts depending on how guilty you are. See things like jail time kept failing where the punished felt no remorse, and the innocent ended up feeling like the guilty ones. Though a good idea at heart, all it did was reverse the roles. Yes, the Wheel solves all these problems and more! Out with the old, outdated forms of punishment, in with the new! It's kind of like a wheel, but different. The subject is put in a sort of hamster wheel, though their walking has no effect on its speed. Instead it is the weight of their guilt that drags one side of the Wheel down, causing it to spin. And how is guilt measured so concretely? By the volume of probabilities and improbabilities created by the subject, of course. You see, an innocent mind knows exactly what happened, and thus has no need to speculate. An innocent mind subjected to punishment would be quite confused, and as result generate absurd hypothesis to justify why they are being punished. If they are truly innocent, the hypotheses are insane improbabilities that hold no weight and therefore do not weigh down the powered side of the Wheel so the Wheel does not spin. An innocent subject may exit the Wheel freely. But the guilty mind forms quite probable explanations as to why it is being punished. The more guilty, the more possibilities it explores until it has come up with multiple reasonable reasons. These reasons are quite concrete, heavy enough to send the Wheel spinning with quite a high amount of force. Stuck in the Wheel for as long as their guilty mind continues to come up with justifications, a guilty mind may spend years in the Wheel. It is the perfect system: proportionally harsh to the guilty whilst letting the innocent through without a scratch.

Written: Wed Jan 31 2018