Punishment

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No matter how entertaining a show is, it's only ever as good as its ending.

Over what eventually turns into a slow, beautiful guitar version of Moonlight Sonata, Ezra Stone talks about punishment:

Punishment should always be commensurate to the crime.
Should be proportionate and visible.

A punishment is not only an act of retribution, it's also a signal. It needs to be seen and understood by anyone else that might have flirted with the notion of committing the same transgression...

And it's a signal that no one is exempt from the consequences of betrayal.

We had a saying when I was in the boy scouts whenever we entered a camp: "take pictures, leave footprints."
But now more than ever, you must do neither.

There is a formal aspect to punishment, a ritual nature. It has shape and body. It's about consequence, accountability, actions having repercussions.

It's vital that the transgressors understand the rules they have broken.

Your choice of punishment needs to be seen as fair, proportional and reciprocal. But the nature can only be decided by the punisher himself — You.

You decide.

The boss.

Sometimes you don't get to decide. Sometimes you just get to wait.

And understand.