Mercy cannot overthrow justice, you are correct. The debt of what one has done must be paid, in one way or another. If someone has done something they must receive justice for, they must be fully accountable for their actions.
I know you are probably judging me, there isn't really anything I can do to change the sudden misbehavior I had back in middle school.
Depending on the severity of the crime, if it is a minor offense, there is no rule against someone else taking the punishment or paying off the debt for you. There was a Utah story I read once, about a boy who ate another boy's lunch, and he was about to get whipped, he was really poor and skinny, and the boy who had his lunch stolen said, "Don't whip him, I'll take the punishment for him!", and he got whipped instead.
There were so many unanswered questions in that beginners' thread. I think some of us users need to take the time to answer those questions instead of arguing, this is supposed to be a lucid dreaming website.
More lucid dreaming from SpongeBob Squarepants:
Sleepy time. When Spongebob Squarepants falls out of his dream cloud, he sees that giant sized clone of himself as a reality check and then says, "Am I still dreaming?" But it is very clear in the episode he gained lucidity in those words he said, when he dream met with Patrick, although I am way more interested in the parts where he's wandering dream bikini bottom, because it was never fully confirmed in that episode or not if he was actually seeing Bikini Bottom in a lucid dream or not, if he had that superpower in his lucid dream. Being a cartoon, however, he probably did have that superpower, and it was such a terrible waste of a potential superpower, as he could have had lucid dreams about into sneaking into argh rated movies, oh well.
I remember this cartoon clip from when I was younger. But anyway. A character trying to conquer his nightmare gains complete lucidity and fights it in a massive way. What he does to control his lucid dream at the end is extremely impressive for a beginner as well. I find it fascinating even in cartoons to see how beginners and even well seasoned lucid dreamers deal with their lucid dreams.
An example of lucid dreaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW7ps_VSPkg (1:46 Is that me or is this me? "Am I still dreaming?") Simpsons example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3X1n5Yny3g